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2014-2015 School Calendar

District CalendarClick 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.






 



District News

 

Bellport High School Culinary Arts Students Host Dinner for Board of Education Trustees

South Country School NewsThe 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

Steel Drum BandMr. 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

SADD ProgramThe 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

Cowles WaldronChief 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.

 

Myra Gelband
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 Illustrated.

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) Roberge
Bellport High School Class of 1977

Paul RobergeCaptain 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.





Schools

 


Pre-K

Pre-Kindergarten Program
(At Brookhaven Elementary School)

101 Fireplace Neck Road
Brookhaven, NY
631-730-1700
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Pre-K

Brookhaven Elementary School
101 Fireplace Neck Road
Brookhaven, NY
631-730-1700
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Kreamer Street Elementary School

Kreamer Street Elementary School
37 Kreamer Street
Bellport, NY
631-730-1650
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Verne Critz Elementary School

Verne W. Critz Elementary School
185 Dunton Avenue
East Patchogue, NY
631-730-1675
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Frank P. Long Intermediate School

Frank P. Long Intermediate School
599 Brookhaven Avenue
Bellport, NY
631-730-1725
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Bellport Middle School

Bellport Middle School
35 Kreamer Street
Bellport, NY
631-730-1626
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Bellport High School

Bellport High School
205 Beaver Dam Road
Brookhaven, NY
631-730-1575
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South Country Administrative Offices

South Country School District Administrative Offices
189 Dunton Avenue
East Patchogue, NY
631-730-1500
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The above internet links direct to websites of the South Country Central School District. Photos courtesy of South Country Schools.