here for the 2014-2015 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.
Bellport High School Class of 2015 Top Graduates
The South Country School District congratulates their Class of 2015 Valedictorian, Hailey Wagner, Salutatorian, Daniel Smith and Essayist, Sabrina Hernandez.
GPA 103.019 Rank 1
4 year Marist College/Army Physical Therapist/Army Orthopedic Surgeon
National Honor Society
GPA 4.0 Rank 2
4 Year Boston College/Actuarial Science/Entrepreneurship
National Honor Society
Wrestling Team Scholar Athlete
Cross Country Team Scholar Athlete
Track and Field Scholar Athlete
GPA 101.5 Rank 3
4 Year Massachusetts Institute of Technology
National Senior Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society
Bellport Latin Students Score Big in National Competition
March of this year, students from Bellport High School Latin participated in the
38th Annual National Latin Exam which is sponsored by the American Classical
League. They were joined by 154,000 others students from all states and 20
Students are tested on a variety of questions from the categories of Grammar, Vocabulary, Derivatives, Mythology, History, Roman Life and Reading Comprehension. Students are able to earn various levels of awards based on their achievement on the exam.
Bellport High School students performed exceptionally well on this year’s National Latin Examination. There were 2 Gold Medal winners Summa cum Laude (Natissa Scott and Eva Stanganelli); 1 Silver Medal Winner Maxima cum Laude (Liam McCarthy); and 5 Cum Laude Certificate Winners (Alexa Orsino, Hannah Pokorny, Matthew Pfisterer, Julius Jeffries, Cheyenne Cirillo-Watt). Finally, ninth grader Tomas Rentas earned a certificate of achievement on the Introduction to Latin Exam.
These results are a testament that Bellport students of Latin truly embody the motto Labor Omnia Vincit (work conquers all).
“Congratulationes omnibus vobis! Optime fecistis!”
Brookhaven Elementary and Frank P. Long PTA “Run for Fun” 5K Race
thanks to the staff at Brookhaven and Frank P. Long Schools for supporting the
Family Fun Run 5K Race/Walk on April 18th. The event was sponsored in
partnership by the PTA at Brookhaven Elementary and the PTA at Frank P. Long.
It was a beautiful day for the 1 mile race for students 12 and under. The students ran through the Brookhaven Elementary Campus. Their times were recorded using timing chips. The 5K Race/Walk was 3.1 miles flat USAF certified through the beautiful Brookhaven Hamlet starting at Brookhaven Elementary. The results from both races can be found on www.justfinish.net Awards and prizes were given out to the top overall male, female and Masters Male and Female winners. There were also raffles available to win exciting prizes from local merchants! Everyone enjoyed the beautiful day and the opportunity to practice healthy habits!
South Country Recognized Nationally for Music Education 2015
The South Country Central School
District has once again been recognized by the NAMM Foundation for its
outstanding commitment to music education. South Country joins 388 districts in
46 states to receive the prestigious "Best Communities for Music Education"
distinction in 2015. This is the second time South Country has received this
In its 16th 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. According to the White House's Turnaround Arts program, 1.3 million elementary school students still have no access to music classes.
The BCME designation takes on added significance this year with new research showing strong evidence of the correlation between music education and overall student success. A recent Northwestern University study conducted by researcher Dr. Nina Kraus "shows that participation in music education programs helps improve brain function and sparks language development."
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.
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.
About NAMM Foundation:
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. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
Bellport High School Wall of Fame Nominations Due
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 Mr. Nelson Briggs, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, 189 North Dunton Avenue, E. Patchogue, NY 11772 by May 22, 2015.
Bellport High School Athletes Helping Others are "Freezin' for a Reason"
Members of the Bellport High School "Athletes Helping Others" Club were “Freezin'
for a Reason” as they dove into the icy water at Cedar Beach during the Town
of Brookhaven Polar Plunge. Students raised money and awareness 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.
Pictured are members of the Athletes Helping Others Club, club advisor Chris Patronaggio, and Physical Education teacher Peter Grossi.
Bellport High School Culinary Arts Students Host Dinner for Board of Education Trustees
Bellport High School Culinary Arts students recently hosted a dinner in
honor of Board of Education Recognition Week. Board of Education Trustees
from the South Country Central School District were greeted by the culinary
students of Ms. Camille Masem and Ms. Elizabeth Glasshagel with fruit punch
and lemonade as they entered. Trustees were then served salad, main course
and desserts. Carved swans from apples and individual baked Alaska were
prepared for dessert. Being cognizant of food allergies, a gluten free
dinner was prepared as an option. Guests were also treated to an outstanding
musical performance by a string trio from Bellport High School.
The Culinary Arts Program at Bellport High School was created 7 years ago as a career pathway by Ms. Sheila Smith, Bellport High School business teacher. Currently the program has doubled in size and in the process of becoming a Career Technology Education certified program.
Kreamer Street Elementary School Celebrates its Cultural Diversity
Mr. Sean Clark, Principal and his staff recently hosted their annual Kreamer Street Elementary School Welcome Party. The evening’s activities celebrated the cultural diversity of the school community. Families of Kreamer Street “Kangaroo” children brought a favorite dish from their culture which was shared with the community. The gymnasium was transformed into cultural craft and game stations run by the teachers at Kreamer Street School and students from the Future Teachers of America Club at Bellport High School. Guests were entertained as they entered the building by the Steel Drum Band from the Boys and Girls Club of Bellport.
Bellport High School SADD Club Participates in Smart Start Program
The SADD Club of Bellport High School recently participated in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Smart Start Program. Bellport High School was the first public school on Long Island to participate in the simulation of a drunken driving accident on school grounds. Five students were selected to be involved in the “accident” which included one impaired driver, one back seat survivor and three students pronounced dead at the scene. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in coordination with Bellport High School, South Country Ambulance and Brookhaven Fire Department attended an assembly for seniors to witness the “accident” and the repercussions. Students observed the first responders pronounce three passengers DOA, including one that had been ejected from the car, a student being rescued by emergency personnel using the Jaws of Life and the driver being “arrested” after failing three sobriety tests given at the scene. Students were then brought back into the auditorium to discuss the mock accident.
2014 Bellport High School Wall of Fame Inductees
The Bellport High School Wall of
Fame 2014 is proud to induct three new members. Graduates from Bellport High
School are selected by a committee comprised of community members based on
their contributions to their profession and their community.
The biographies below are of this year’s recipients who have earned the prestigious distinction of Bellport High School 2014 Wall of Fame Inductee. Photos provided by the South Country School District.
Chief Warrant Officer
Cowles "Wally" Waldron
Bellport High School Class of 1965
Chief Warrant Officer Waldron IV
served in the Brookhaven Fire Department and Brookhaven Ambulance Company.
Warrant Officer Waldron was a member of Rotary International and a staunch
supporter of Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches.
In 1967 Cowles Waldron enlisted in the U.S. Army and in 1969 re-enlisted to fly Cobra helicopters. His first tour of duty was in Vietnam was in 1970. During his first tour he earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses awarded for extraordinary heroism while flying missions. He later received the Bronze Star after he was shot down and grounded in the midst of heavy fighting. Immobilized with wounds Warrant Officer Waldron was awarded a Purple Heart and when he returned to his unit was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service and three Air Medals for valorous action in combat missions.
By the time Warrant Officer Waldron completed his second tour in Vietnam he had been shot down three times and blown out of his tent by a mortar blast. He also accumulated three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, 26 Air Medals and a Silver Star awarded for gallantry in action against an armed enemy while serving with Republic of Vietnam Army. Chief Warrant Officer Waldron finished his military career as a Chief Warrant Officer IV serving as an instructor in the flight transition gunnery course.
Bellport High School Class of 1967
Myra Gelband was the Salutatorian
of her class at Bellport High School. While she was a student she was the
secretary to a new environmental organization called the Brookhaven Town
Natural Resources Committee in 1965. In 1967 this organization evolved into
the now nationally renowned Environmental Defense Fund. Ms. Gelband’s
writing ability helped many in the Brookhaven Town Natural Resources
Committee clarify their advocacy and foreshadowed her role at Sports
Four years later Ms. Gelband graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.A in English Literature and Biology and was the first to pioneer a double major in biology and literature. She earned a special certificate in Forestry and Natural Resources from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Ms. Gelband spent nearly 30 years as a reporter, writer and senior editor for Sports Illustrated covering a wide range of sports and issues with a particular emplasis on the environment, golf, track and field, sports medicine and culture.
Myra Gelband has served on the boards of numerous community and national organizations including 15 years as a Trustee of the University of Rochester, where she is now a life trustee. Since retiring from Sports Illustrated Ms Gelband has continued to work as a freelance writer and editorial consultant. She and her husband, David Wilson have a son and a daughter and live in Rowayton, Connecticut.
Captain Paul J. (PJ)
Bellport High School Class of 1977
Captain PJ Roberge earned six
varsity letters in cross country, wrestling and tennis while attending
Bellport High School. He was the recipient of the distinguished Bausch and
Lomb Award for being an outstanding science student. Captain Roberge served
as an altar boy before going to the University of Notre Dame on an ROTC
scholarship. Captain Roberge earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He
was commissioned as Second Lt in the US Air Force and in 1986 was selected
to attend Squadron Officer School. In 1987 Capt. Roberge was instantly
killed in a routine training exercise as a result of a collision between his
plane and another aircraft. An Air Force ROTC scholarship was instituted at
the University of Notre Dame in Captain Roberge’s name as well as a
scholarship at Bellport High School. An American flag hangs in the Boys’ Gym
at Bellport High School in Captain Roberge’s memory. That flag was presented
by local congressmen and that flag had previously flown at both the White
House and Vance Air Force Base.
Captain Roberge was a model officer. His career was culminated in 1986 when Captain Roberge was selected as the VANCE AFB Instructor Pilot of the Year. He attended Squadron Officers School at Maxwell Field in Montgomery Alabama. Captain Roberge was chosen as an outstanding officer out of 799 candidates in September 1986. His accident was untimely but he served his country honorably and with distinction. He touched the lives of numerous people in the short time he served our country. Because of individuals like Captain Paul J. Roberge we continue to remain a strong and free nation.
Captain Roberge comes from a military family with both his grandfathers, father, brother in-law and cousins serving our country.
In 1988 Bellport Village dedicated Ho-Hum Beach on Fire Island in memory of Captain PJ Roberge at a dedication on Bellport Lane. A “fly by” ceremony where only one plane flies with the absence of two planes denoting a lost airman was performed by the US Air Force.
Street Elementary School
W. Critz Elementary School
P. Long Intermediate School
Country School District Administrative Offices
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