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2013-2014 School Calendar

District CalendarClick here for the 2013-2014 South Country School District Calendar.

Please note, the Calendar is subject to change, so please check the South Country School District's website for updates during the school year.


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Latin Award Ceremony at Bellport High School

Latin AwardsA Latin Award Ceremony was held recently at the Bellport High School to celebrate all the accomplishments of Latin students. Forty-two students from all grades received awards for successfully participating in the National Latin Exam or for representing Bellport High School at the annual Latin Contest at Stony Brook University or for being a senior elected by classmates for leadership traits and inspiration in the study of classical language and culture (Nicole Powell, Talia Hughes, Gina Marie Falk and Cameron Colicchio). John Friia, President of the Suffolk Classical Society also presented to senior Katheryn Martinez a scholarship awarded annually to a student from Suffolk schools who excelled in the study of Latin. Sophomore Laura Jenkins was awarded the “Perfect Score” Certificate from the Mary Washington University for her perfect score on the National Latin Exam.

Latin students received 4 gold medals (Laura Jenkins, August Johnson, Erin Berja, Cheyenne Cirillo-Watt); 10 silver medals (Madison Edelstein, Ahmed Shata, James Jankowski, Noah Devaney, Isabel Ospina, Gina Marie Falk, Jennifer Jara, Brian Gilligan, Bryanna Ray, Katheryn Martinez); 13 Magna Cum Laude certificates (Jose Diplan, Julia Feist, Elena Porcaro, Isabella Iadicicco, Edwin Garzon, Carissa Erickson, Daniel Ofori, Courtney Schordine, Aimee Abaldonado, Emily Dis, James Mizvesky, Connor Cipp, Kristina Foley); 15 Cum Laude certificates (Taylor Gonzalez, Brian Foley, Stephanie Perrodin, Giavanna Tims, Ajay Persaud, Connor Mulcahy, Shawn Pizzo, Brandi Beere, Chloe Ludlow, Kimberly Chavez, Gabby Desposito, Gavyn Hagemann, Samatha Colombo, Jalen Riddick, Grace Beemer).



Frank P. Long Intermediate School Student Wins Award

Jaime BoehmkeMs. Stefanie Rucinski, Principal of Frank P. Long Intermediate School is proud to announce that the Suffolk County Reading Council recognized Jaime Boehmke, 4th grade student as their first place winner for prose in the 2013-2014 Creative Writing and Art Cover Contest. Jamie was chosen from over 1,000 entries in grades K-12 in Suffolk County for the best entry in Grade 4 Prose.

Jaime received her award at the Annual Creative Writing and Honor School Awards Reception at the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma on June 11, 2014.

Pictured from left to right: Mrs. Josephine Messina, Reading Teacher, Jaime Boehmke, 4th grade student, Mr. Michael McGovern, Teacher & Mrs. Stefanie Rucinski, Principal at Frank P. Long Intermediate School.



Bellport Middle School Science Fair Winners

Science Fair WinnersThe Bellport Middle School is proud to announce two 6th Grade Science Fair winners and representatives for the 2014 Brookhaven National Lab Science Fair. Troy J. Sica and Alexis Spence attended the annual Brookhaven National Lab Science Fair. Troy's project "DOES ETHYLENE GAS SPEED UP THE RIPENING PROCESS?" and Alexis' project on "IS ORGANIC OR NON-ORGANIC POTATOES' BUD GROWTH AFFECTED BY THE CHEMICAL BUD NIP?" were outstanding. These students were recognized and honored at a recent South Country Board of Education meeting, along with the four other top students who were chosen by their science teachers Mrs. Elizabeth Orsino, Mr. Craig Surrusco and Science chairperson, Mrs. Kim Morris.

The runners-up were Myriam Ibarra for her project on “Endo and Exothermic Reactions”, Haley Herrmann with “Problematic Parachutes”, Samantha Porsche for "Can Your Hair Do This?" and Aidan Sawyer for "Yeasts Reaction to Organic Compounds."

Pictured above are Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Giani, Alexis Spence, Haley Herrmann, Board Trustee Mrs. Carol Herrmann, Bellport Middle School Science Teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth Orsino and Board President Mr. Chris Picini.

Science FairPictured at left are Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Giani, Samantha Porsche, Aidan Sawyer, Troy Spence, Bellport Middle School Science Teacher, Mr. Craig Surrusco and Board President Mr. Chris Picini.



College Pride Day at Bellport High School

College Pride DayThe South Country School District celebrated their annual district wide College Pride Day. All students and faculty were encouraged to wear a college shirt to show support for our college bound seniors. Seniors proudly wore a shirt to the school they will be attending this fall.

Pictured from left to right are Bellport HS seniors Katrina Lastra, Megan Schaeffer, Olivia Gassner, Avery Samuel, Connor Cipp, Lea McCray, Jake Kramer, Gavyn Hagemann.



South Country School District Election Results

Meet the CandidatesThe South Country School District 2014-2015 Budget has PASSED, 1496 votes yes, 624 votes no.

Board Member Results are as follows:
Danielle Skelly, 1237 votes
Allison Stines, 1103 votes
Antoinette Huffine, 1076 votes

Regina Hunt, 913 votes
Biaggia (Jeannette) Mistler, 714 votes




Bellport High School at Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts Student Invitational Show

Casey LeachThe Bellport High School Art Department is pleased to announce the following student participation and accolades from The Bay Area Friends of Fine Art Exhibit:

Casey Leach (pictured at left): Winner of the Women Sharing Art Scholarship based on her portfolio submission and mission statement.

Kathryn Martinez: Best in Show, Summer Sky, Gouache

In addition, the following students exhibited artwork:

Jamie Clifton, 1st Place Pastel, Indifference
Christine Dalcamo, 3rd Place Photography, Everything is Illuminated
Christina Garcia, 3rd Place Mixed Media, Double Vision
Chloe Kudlow, 3rd Place Acrylic, Woof
Danielle Rose, Ink Me in Venice, Photography
Brittany Lech, Dark Forest, Photography
Olivia Gassner, 1st Place Photography, The Cellist


Kathryn Martinez  Brittany Lech 
Kathryn Martinez Brittany Lech
Olviia Gassner 
Olivia Gasner



Bellport High School Business Department Prepares Students for the Workplace

Bellport High SchoolBellport High School Virtual Enterprise students, along with teachers, Mrs. Sheila Smith and Mrs. Camille Masem travelled to Manhattan to participate in the Virtual Enterprise International Youth Business Summit and Trade Show. In this class, which is in its third year at Bellport High School, students report to “work” daily, simulating a real internet based business. Since September they have operated a virtual business; Savor the Flavor Specialty Foods, Inc., created a website, , as well as invoices, brochures, a catalog, and more to assist them in making sales over the internet and at our trade show booth.

Students interacted with “workers” from around the world including Austria, Bulgaria and Indonesia as well as many states across the country. Bellport High School placed 6th out of hundreds in the website competition! At the trade show, our “customers” enjoyed product samples provided by Mrs. Masem’s Culinary Arts classes. Many thanks to the South Country Education Foundation for their support with this event. The International Trade Show is the culminating activity for Virtual Enterprise; a new work- based learning Business Class preparing students for college and the workplace.

Pictured left to right, front row Alyssa Kiernan, Kristina English, Stephanie Buckley, back row Jack MacLellan, Donald Miller, Jonathan Hopper, Jamie Giorgi, Mrs. Smith



Bellport High School Students Participate in Silk Screening Workshop

Bellport High School Art students had the opportunity to participate in a silkscreen workshop held by visiting artist Dan Kudreyko. Dan is a creative multimedia designer who resides and works locally. Students were introduced to the process and application of silkscreen art in both the commercial and art settings. Students had the opportunity to create screen printed T-shirts upon completion of the workshop. The grant for this workshop was awarded to art teacher Chris Varley and made possible from a grant through South Country Education Foundation.


South Country School District Working to Improve Instruction

Training VideoThe South Country Central School District in conjunction with the Bellport Teachers’ Association and the South Country Administrators’ Association recently held training sessions to improve student instruction through the use of video and student survey within the school district.

South Country Central School District was selected as one of several districts to receive the District Demonstration Project (DDP) grant funded through the Gates Foundation.

Pictured are: Mr. Nelson Briggs, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Instructors Ms. Bernice Rivera and Mr. Stan Finkle


South Country School District Ranks Among Nation’s Top Communities For Music Education

TubaThe NAMM Foundation recognized South Country Central School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. South Country joins 376 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction in 2014.

In its 15th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

As South Country finalizes its 2014–2015 budget, the announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education and music’s vital role in student success in school.

The Best Communities for Music Education program plays an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to make music education part of the core curriculum assuring that the benefits of music making are available to every child. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, lower disciplinary action and keep kids in schools.

The South Country Music Department provides a high quality music education for all district students through many classroom and performance ensembles. Over 1800 students grades 3 through 12 participate in our performance ensembles while many others benefit from our extensive classroom experiences and rigorous music theory program.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,000 members around the world with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry.


Bellport High School Students Attend LI Media Arts Show

LI Media Arts ShowEighteen students from Bellport High School attended the Long Island Media Arts Show at Five Towns College in Dix Hills. The show provided an opportunity for these students to exhibit their work and receive adjudication from judges.

Best in Shows were awarded to the following Bellport High School students:

Casey Leach in Computer Graphics
Chris Daconto in Video
Sean Issacs in Video

Special recognition went to Chris Daconto and Sean Issacs upon receiving an invitation to First Exposure, the annual student film festival at the Huntington Arts Cinema in May.


Artist, Author and Storyteller Christopher Agostino Visits Bellport Middle School

Bellport Middle School students were recently treated to an assembly program of Story Faces presentation by artist, author & Storyteller Christopher Agostino. Artist, author & storyteller Christopher Agostino, is both a visual and performing artist, combining these arts in his signature Story Faces performances, in which he brings stories to life through painted faces. The students learned how story telling using symbolism and imagery can transform a face and make it more expressive. The children were very excited to learn and hear Christopher Agostino stories and to incorporate it into their own mask assignment. It was also a wonderful way to end the mask assignment for some of the students. The students’ works will be on exhibit at the annual Art Show held in the Bellport Middle School during May. This educational experience provided valuable enrichment for all its participants. Many thanks to the Students 4 Art Committee and the South Country Education Foundation Board for sponsoring this event.


Frank O. Miller at Frank P. Long

Frank O MillerFrank P. Long students had the experience of working with illustrator David O. Miller of East Northport. Mr. Miller joined students and parents recently for a night of cartooning sponsored by Students 4 Art.

Mr. Miller discussed his work as an illustrator and cartoonist. Students had the opportunity to draw along with Mr. Miller as he shared his skill and technique with them. An exciting night of cartooning was enjoyed by all that attended.


Bellport High School Students Participate in LI's Best Young Artists Show

LI best young artistsBellport High School Art Department is proud to announce that four students have had their work accepted into the juried Long Islands Best Young Artists Show at the Heckscher Museum. Please join us as we celebrate the work of Kayla Boccia, Jamie Clifton, Olivia Gassner and Casey Leach.

Long Island's Best is a comprehensive arts-in-education program that integrates experiences in The Heckscher Museum and the high school art classroom, culminating with the presentation of students' original works juried by a museum professional. Over the past 18 years, this program has grown to become a prestigious opportunity; it is the only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers high school students the opportunity to show their artwork in an art museum.


African American History Month Panel at Bellport High School

Black History Month PanelThe Social Studies Department of Bellport High School recently held its annual African American History Month panel discussion, which focused on the successes and challenges of the African American community. About 100 students attended the after school event in the Bellport High School Library. The panel included Mr. DuWayne Gregory, the Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, Ms. Leah Jefferson of the Brookhaven Town Department of Housing and Human Services, Mr. Robert Powell, a South Country School Board of Education Trustee and Mr. Wayne White, a Social Studies teacher at Bellport High School and the President of the Bellport Teachers Association. The discussion focused on issues relating to the panelists’ personal and professional experience as African Americans. All who attended agreed that the event was a valuable opportunity to reflect on a timely and relevant topic to the South Country community. “Events such as these give all our students the chance to reflect on the hard-fought gains of those who faced adversity in the past. The discussion also allows students from any background to learn the lessons they need as they chart their own path in life,” said panelist Wayne White.


Bellport High School Students Exhibit Work at Parrish Art Museum

Art students from Bellport High School had the opportunity to exhibit work at the Parrish Art Museums Annual High School Show. Fifteen students from Bellport High School exhibited work amongst students from other East End Townships in various mediums including computer graphics, photography, sculpture, drawing and painting.

The Bellport High School Art Department is pleased to announce that Kathryn Martinez won a Senior Award in Illustration for her painting, "Summer Sky," and Alyssa Cordaro was awarded with a special “Ones to Watch” award for her photograph, "Reflection."


Bellport High School Art Students Exhibit Work In Suffolk County Art Leaders Association All County Show and Scholarship Show

Art Students from Bellport High School had the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association All County Show and Scholarship Show. Four students from Bellport High School exhibited their artwork amongst other Suffolk County High Schools. The opening reception was held on Saturday, February 2nd at the Old Babylon town Hall.

The Bellport High School Art Department is proud to announce several winners from the SCALA All County/Scholarship Show. Casey Leach won Best in Show for her ebony pencil drawing, Metamorphic. Dakota Haraden won 1st place in Drawing for his charcoal drawing, Game of Thrones. Jovanna Briscoe won Honorable Mention for her ebony pencil drawing, Pain.


45 Bellport Students Selected For SCMEA All-County Music Festival

The Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) selected 45 South Country School District musicians as members of the 2014 All-County Music Festival. Bellport has representatives in all three performing organizations, including the All-County Band, Chorus, and Orchestra. Selections of All-County students were made from NYSSMA Solo Festival evaluation sheets / scores and nominations submitted by district music teachers. The SCMEA All-County Music Festival recognizes Suffolk’s most accomplished music students in grades 5-10.

Selected to the 2014 All-County Music Festival are:

Division I Band:
Victoria Banks Oboe Bellport Middle School
Katherine Gaynor Flute Bellport Middle School
Jackson Hill Snare Drum Bellport Middle School
Timothy Montick Trumpet Bellport Middle School
Anthony Notartomaso Baritone Frank P. Long Intermediate School
Alexis Spence Flute Bellport Middle School
Sarah Valenzuela Flute Bellport Middle School
Katherine Vignona Trumpet Bellport Middle School
Division II Band:
Emily Caruso Bb Clarinet Bellport Middle School
Marielle Jankowski Bb Clarinet Bellport Middle School
Mackenzie Leidig Bb Clarinet Bellport Middle School
Lauren Sweeney Bb Clarinet Bellport Middle School
Tyler Zapata Trumpet Bellport Middle School
Division III Band:    
Edward Adler Bb Clarinet Bellport High School
Brian Foley Trumpet Bellport High School
Rachel Milia French Horn Bellport High School
Laurel Zimlinghaus Bb Clarinet Bellport High School
Division I Chorus:
Erin Boehmke Children's Voice Bellport Middle School
Melody Boogertman Children's Voice Frank P. Long Intermediate School
Nya Curry Silver Children's Voice Frank P. Long Intermediate School
Bobby DeSantis Children's Voice Frank P. Long Intermediate School
Evan Murphy Children's Voice Bellport Middle School
Kanya Shah Children's Voice Frank P. Long Intermediate School
Jeremy Ynoa Children's Voice Bellport Middle School
Division II Chorus:
Tyler Brock Baritone Bellport Middle School
Mia Grossman Alto Bellport Middle School
Gionnah Hicks Alto Bellport Middle School
Maya McCullough Alto Bellport Middle School
Division III Chorus:
Gino Cruz Tenor Bellport High School
Deanna DiMartino Alto Bellport High School
Division I Orchestra:
Jack Armann Violin Frank P. Long Intermediate School
Kayzjah Charles Double Bass Bellport Middle School
Noah Margolin Double Bass Frank P. Long Intermediate School
Christopher Nerris Violin Bellport Middle School
Luca Scharpf Double Bass Bellport Middle School
Carter Vanderkieft Double Bass Bellport Middle School
Division II Orchestra:    
Grace Armann Violin Bellport Middle School
Emily Cafarella Violin Bellport Middle School
Daniel Roach Viola Bellport Middle School
Sarah Vaccaro Viola Bellport Middle School
Division III Orchestra:
Ashley Berrell Trombone Bellport High School
Carissa Erickson Viola Bellport High School
Natalie Maida Viola Bellport High School
Justin Roundtree Trumpet Bellport High School
Lili Salcedo-Watson Cello Bellport High School


Eight South Country Students Selected to the 2014 Long Island String Festival

The Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) announced the selection of eight South Country School District String musicians to perform with the 2014 LISFA String Orchestras. The LISFA festival consists of string orchestras at the elementary, middle school, junior high and high school level and features the finest string musicians in Suffolk Country. Students are selected based upon scores from performances at the NYSSMA Spring Solo and Ensemble Festival, held last April, and upon recommendations submitted by the South Country string faculty.

Representing South Country are:

High School Division (Grades 10-12):
Brendan Bone Violin Bellport High School
Junior High Division (Grades 8-9):    
Elizabeth Neyssen Violin Bellport Middle School
Lili Salcedo-Watson Cello Bellport High School
Middle School Division (Grades 6-7):    
Grace Armann Violin Bellport Middle School
Benjamin Margolin Double Bass Bellport Middle School
Daniel Roach Viola Bellport Middle School
Elementary Division (Grade 5):
Jack Armann Violin Frank P. Long Intermediate School
Noah Margolin Bass Frank P. Long Intermediate School


Register Today for the "Run For Fun"

Run For FunDon't Miss the "Run for Fun," a 5K Race and One Mile Kids Run to benefit the children of Brookhaven Elementary and Frank P. Long Intermediate Schools. Help the children in our community continue to enjoy the fun things that they deserve: Dances, Yearbooks, Dancing Classrooms, Recorders, Fun Nights, Pizza Parties, and so much more! The race will be held on Saturday, April 5th at 9:00am, rain or shine, on a course through Brookhaven Hamlet. Both runners and sponsors are needed to make this event successful!

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Nominations Requested for Bellport High School Wall of Fame

The Bellport High School Wall of Fame is a project intended to celebrate distinguished graduates of Bellport High School. Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of their contributions to their profession and their community. Graduates may be nominated by anyone within the South Country community and a selection committee will evaluate the application.

Please complete this application in full and submit to Barbara Nagle, Secretary to Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Nelson C. Briggs at Central Office, 189 Dunton Avenue, E. Patchogue, NY 11772 by April 18, 2014.


Kreamer Street Elementary School Hosts a “Welcome Party”

Mr. Sean Clark, Principal of Kreamer Street Elementary School in the South Country Central School District once again hosted a “Welcome Party.” Over one hundred students, parents, relatives, teachers and friends spent the evening at Kreamer Street sharing delicious food and activities from many different cultures.

Children and their families were welcomed with profound rhythm and beat thanks to the Boys and Girls Club Steel Drummers. Some of the dishes included Vegetable Pilau with Raita, Papusas, Spanish Rice, Pizza, Eggplant Parmigian, Bread pudding, Latin Roast Pork, Perogis and Kielbasa and sauerkraut.

Children and their families had an opportunity to learn and make cultural crafts such as, making Guatemalan Worry Dolls, Mandalas, Jianzi (a Chinese Hacky Sack), African quilting, Mexican Hot Chocolate and the popular pizza dough station.

The staff at Kreamer Street was especially vital in making this evening such a success by organizing the event, setting and cleaning up as well as providing numerous donations. In addition, students from the Bellport High School program Future Teachers of America came down to lend a hand at the craft stations. An evening of fun, learning and friendship was enjoyed by all.


Bellport High School Students Participate in Nita Elder Student Scholarship Art Exhibit

Art ExhibitMs. Suzette Fandale, Art Chairperson of the South Country Central School District is pleased to announce that several Bellport High School students displayed their artwork at the opening to the 2013-2014 show season. A reception was held recently at the Bellport Community Center where students from 11 local high schools competed in the 26th Nita Elder Student Scholarship Art Exhibit. Over 200 works were displayed. Two Bellport High School students received awards.

Danielle Rose received the South Bay Art Association Scholarship Award and Rachel Saur was the recipient of the Brookhaven National Laboratory Discovery Award.

Pictured from left to right: Rachel Saur with her acrylic painting, Self Portrait and Danielle Rose with her three pieces of work in Digital Photography


Bellport High School Athletes are Helping Others by “Freezin’ for a Reason”

Members of the Athletes Helping Others club at Bellport High School were “Freezin’ for a Reason” as they dove into the icy cold water at Cedar Beach during the Town of Brookhaven Polar Plunge. Students collected over $700 in donations to help support the participants and their families in the Special Olympics.

Money raised is used to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community.


Bellport High School Music Program Named GRAMMY Foundation Award Semi-Finalist

Mr. James Uzzi, Music Chairperson at Bellport High School is pleased to announce that the Bellport High School Music Program has been recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation as a Signature School Semi-Finalist. Bellport High School is one of 123 high schools nationwide to receive this distinction. This is the second time Bellport High School has been so recognized.

The GRAMMY Signature Schools Award is designed to honor exceptional public high school music programs across the country with special awards and grants up to $15,000. GRAMMY Signature Schools recipients are determined by the Blue Ribbon Committee, a panel of top music educators and professionals. The GRAMMY Foundation will announce its award winners in March 2014.


Bellport High School Senior Honor Society to Commemorate 60th Anniversary

The Bellport High School Senior Honor Society is hosting a Diamond Celebration on Thursday, June 26, 2014 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Bellport High School Senior Honor Society. Former members who wish to attend should email their name (include maiden name), email address and year of graduation to:

Upon receipt of your email an invitation to the DIAMOND CELEBRATION on June 26, 2014 will be sent. If you would like more information please contact Diane Poulos at


Bellport High School Students Recognized For Writing

Poetry WritingStudents in Mr. Uhrie’s Creative Writing Class at Bellport High School were recently recognized for their exceptional poetry written on the theme of bullying. An awards ceremony was held on Saturday, October 5th, by Princess Ronkonkoma Productions, a non-profit independent production company managed by physically handicapped artists. Through poetry, Mr. Uhrie’s students were provided with a means to express their own thoughts and feelings on this important issue and also to provide a strong message to others about the devastating effects of bullying. Mr. Uhrie also received an award, in the adult’s contest, for his poem written on the theme of surviving storms.

Pictured from left to right are Celeste Michaels, Mr. Hogan (Bellport High School Principal), Malcom Harris, Theo Thomas, Dan Mortimer, and Mr. Uhrie (Bellport High School English and Creative Writing Teacher). Students who also won awards, but are not pictured in this photo, are Chris Daconto, Laura Santos, Sean Isaacs, Kennedy Rose, Vanessa Garzon, and Sarah Barry.


Frank P. Long Intermediate School Plants "Pinwheels for Peace"

pinwheelsOn September 20, 2013, Frank P. Long Intermediate School of Bellport, New York, participated in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at our school.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st - there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year (year 8), 2012, over 4 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”

Our students created pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – as part of the creation process, the students, indicated their thoughts about "war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others" on one side. On the other side, they visually expressed their feelings by drawing, painting, etc. On Friday, September 20, 2013, the students and staff assembled these pinwheels and "planted" them at Frank P. Long Intermediate School as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.


Bellport High School Student Named Rensselaer Medal Winner

For more than 90 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal and scholarship to promising high school juniors who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. Rensselaer is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of the Rensselaer Medal. Connor Cipp, who hails from Bellport, NY, is this year’s honoree. Connor Cipp is a student enrolled at Bellport High School.

The Rensselaer Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes: to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to motivate students toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Each participating high school is allowed to select one member of the junior class to be honored with the Rensselaer Medal Award. The responsibility for designating the Rensselaer Medalist belongs to faculty and staff within the secondary school. The merit scholarship, with a minimum value of $15,000 per year, is guaranteed for four years for each medalist who is accepted and enrolls at Rensselaer. Overall, an enrolled student may be eligible to receive a minimum scholarship of $60,000.


Frank P. Long Students Participate in Patriots' Day Activities

Patriots DayAs part of the Frank P Long Intermediate School’s Patriot Day Activities the students in Mr. McGovern’s 4th Grade Class read 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy. This picture book tells the story of a remote Kenyan village helping the United States in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in a way that was most precious to them, by sending their cows as an act of kindness. After reading the story, the students brainstormed acts of kindness they could perform to honor the victims and people who helped out on September 11th. The class decided to thank and honor their local heroes who help make their community a better and safer place to live. Letters of appreciation and home baked goodies were hand delivered by the boys and girls to the South Country Ambulance, Hagerman Fire Department, Bellport Fire Department, Brookhaven Fire Department, Suffolk County Police Department- Fifth Precinct, and the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center.

Pictured from left to right: Catrina Spokony, Noelise Cepeda, Kayla McLean, Riley Nagle, Rylie Sikeotis, Jayshaune Baer
Middle Row: Marc Promutico, Lexington Armann, William Caroli, Evan Virno, Daniel Reilly, Pablo Rubio, Maceo Watson, Donoven Artis
Back Row: Eric Ciavatta, Jacob Repper, Jamie Boehmke, Curren Johnsen, Mary Trowbridge, Elisha Feliz, Ryann Christie, Charlotte Felice, Aisha Iregbulem, Alexia Benjamin


Four Bellport High School Musicians Selected For 2013 All-County Music Festival

Four Bellport High School musicians were chosen to participate in the 2013 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 two performing groups, the All-County Mixed Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Over 14 hours of rehearsals will culminate in a concert performance at Hauppauge High School on Friday, November 22nd.

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 are:


All-County Mixed Chorus:  
Gina-Marie Falk Soprano
Kaitlin LaGrega Alto
Victoria Lamoureux Soprano
All-County Symphony Orchestra:  
Madeline Mojallali Cello

Team Sport Information

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Pre-Kindergarten Program
(At Brookhaven Elementary School)

101 Fireplace Neck Road
Brookhaven, NY


Brookhaven Elementary School
101 Fireplace Neck Road
Brookhaven, NY

Kreamer Street Elementary School

Kreamer Street Elementary School
37 Kreamer Street
Bellport, NY

Verne Critz Elementary School

Verne W. Critz Elementary School
185 Dunton Avenue
East Patchogue, NY

Frank P. Long Intermediate School

Frank P. Long Intermediate School
599 Brookhaven Avenue
Bellport, NY

Bellport Middle School

Bellport Middle School
35 Kreamer Street
Bellport, NY

Bellport High School

Bellport High School
205 Beaver Dam Road
Brookhaven, NY

South Country Administrative Offices

South Country School District Administrative Offices
189 Dunton Avenue
East Patchogue, NY

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