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Please note, the Calendar is subject to change, so please check the South Country School District's website for updates during the school year.
Brookhaven and Verne W Critz Students Participate in “Hour of Code”
in Verne W. Critz and Brookhaven Elementary Schools celebrated Computer
Science Week by participating in an "Hour of Code" in their computer classes
this past month.
The "Hour of Code" is a global movement that reaches out to millions of students across 180+ countries. The program features a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to explain code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Code.org provides teacher training and student lessons in one hour tutorials in over 40 languages enabling anyone from ages 4 to 104 to learn code.
The course features video lectures by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg as well as familiar characters from popular games such as Angry Birds. Using a blended learning model children learn basic computer programming. Students practice skills related to logic and problem solving through computer based learning and puzzles as well as "unplugged" activities.
The "Hour of Code" gave our students an opportunity to create games, apps and programs while providing foundational skills in computer science and technology.
Eight Bellport High School Musicians Selected For 2015 All-County Performing Ensembles
Eight Bellport High School musicians were chosen to participate in the 2015
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 four performing groups, the All-County Mixed Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. Over 14 hours of rehearsals will culminate in a concert performance at Huntington High School on Friday, November 20, 2015.
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:
Edward Adler, Clarinet - Symphonic Band
Ashley Berrell, Trombone - Symphonic Band
Deanna DiMartino, Alto II - Women’s Chorus
Shannon Gibbons, Alto II - Women’s Chorus
Natalie Maida, Alto II - Mixed Chorus
Rachel Milia, French Horn - Symphony Orchestra
Lili Salcedo-Watson, Cello - Symphony Orchestra
Laurel Zimlinghaus, Clarinet - Symphony Orchestra
The music department is very proud to have Edward, Ashley, Deanna, Shannon, Natalie, Rachel, Lili and Laurel represent Bellport High School and the South Country Central School District at this highly celebrated event!
Brookhaven Elementary School Celebrates “Soctober”
by YouTube star, Kid President, the third grade classes at Brookhaven
Elementary School sponsored a “Soctober” sock drive to help others in the
community. During the month of October, students and staff worked together
and collected over 542 pairs of new socks, which will be donated to the
Light House Mission in Bellport. A special thank you to all staff, students
and their families for helping us to help others in our community! Together
we can make a difference!
Senator Croci Secures Funding for South Country School District
York State Senator, Thomas Croci, joined with South Country School District
Board of Education President Chris Picini and Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Joseph Giani, in announcing an additional $35,000 in unrestricted state aid
funding for the District. The additional funding secured by Senator Croci,
will be used for the addition of Teacher Leaders to the district’s
instructional program. Student resources, supplies and the STEM and
Humanities programs will also benefit from the funding. “The District is
grateful for this much needed funding and extends their sincere thanks to
Senator Croci for his tireless efforts in support of education” said Dr.
Pictured left to right: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani, State Senator Thomas Croci and Board of Education President, Chris Picini
Bellport High School Culinary Arts Program Caters Event
from the Bellport High School Culinary Arts Program recently catered the
Fall 2015 College Fair at Bellport High School. The event provided a
wonderful opportunity for our culinary students to showcase their skills and
was a big hit, especially with the College Admission Counselors, who are
looking forward to returning again for an encore presentation!
Pictured left to right: Ms. Glasshagel, Caitlin Linbrunner, Brandon Garzon, Jennifer Masache, Mrs. Masem, Kelsey Nogueras, Crystal Fernandez, Yicel Moreon, Eyvi Guillen, Aryana Henriques and Steven Laney
Emergent Bilingual Leadership Team Sponsors Staff Development Day
The Emergent Bilingual Leadership Team sponsored Staff Development Day at Brookhaven Elementary School. The Brookhaven team is a recipient of a professional grant from the CUNY-NYSIEB network. The overall goal of the grant is to improve program and practices for emergent bilinguals in schools as well as understand that bilingualism is a resource in education and to promote school wide ecology of multilingualism. Members of the Brookhaven Faculty along with staff from the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan presented information to faculty on how to support the learning needs of emergent bilingual students.
Three Bellport High School Musicians Selected for 2015 All-State Performing Ensembles at NYSSMA All-State Festival
The selection committees for the 2015 New York State School Music Association Winter Conference have chosen three Bellport High School musicians to perform at this year’s NYSSMA All-State Music Festival. The festival, which is part of the NYSSMA Winter Conference, will take place in Rochester, NY, beginning Thursday, December 3 and ending Sunday, December 6. 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 William Floyd High School, on April 17 and 18.
Bellport High School’s All-State musicians include:
Deanna DeMartino, Alto II - Mixed Chorus
Natalie Maida, Alto II - Mixed Chorus
Natalie Maida, Jazz Alto Voice - Vocal Jazz
Lili Salcedo-Watson, Cello - Orchestra (alt.)
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
6,500 students that auditioned statewide for a position in the All-State
Music Festival. Performing ensembles include the All-State Band, Wind
Ensemble, Mixed Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, String
Orchestra, Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. South Country had 10 high
school students audition for All-State last spring.
The music department is very proud to have Deanna, Natalie and Lili represent Bellport High School and the South Country Central School District at this highly celebrated event!
South Country Central School District Summer Learning Collaborative Teachers, Authors, Parents and Children
For three weeks this past July, elementary students were invited to attend
the Summer Reading Intervention program as part of the “First Summer Learning
Collaborative: Teachers, Parent and Authors”. This institute brought
Country Central School District teachers and Long Island University graduate
students who, as certified teachers, were completing their Literacy field
their specialized study in literacy at the Master’s level. Teachers worked
together in their classrooms collaborating, reflecting and learning together
they supported students in improving their reading and writing skills in a
group environment. Teachers facilitated students in their literacy learning
further refined their own practice of teaching literacy.
As part of the collaborative, teachers studied and practiced a peer coaching model with the Long Island University graduate students and with their South Country Central School District colleagues. Teachers examined and refined their practice around teaching elements of the reading/writing workshop and also created toolkits for literacy instruction that will be incorporated into classroom instruction. Teachers focused their time on assessing students’ reading and writing skills, while targeting their individualized needs with the benefit of a peer, to help reflect on students’ progress and accelerate learning for all learners involved in our Summer Learning Collaborative.
Authors and presenters Barb Golub and Stacey Shubitz, leaders in the field of literacy, engaged in valuable conversations and modeled literacy strategies for our teacher participants. Barb Golub presented work around Jennifer Serravallo’s book, The Reading Strategies Book, a book all K-6 teachers will use as a reference in their literacy instruction this school year. Ms. Golub conducted a lab-site where teachers watched her demonstrate a lesson with a class and then modeled small group instruction based on students’ strengths and needs. Teachers had time to practice the strategies that were modeled throughout the week in small group and then received feedback from other teachers in the peer coaching model.
Teachers developed three different presentations or workshops for parents on ways to support their children’s literacy development at home and engaged parents in practicing these strategies with their child. The first parent workshop was created by teachers to share with parents different aspects of balanced literacy, which is the approach to literacy instruction their children engage in at school. The second parent workshop consisted of “make and take” stations where parents could learn about literacy strategies and then make “tools” to use with their child at home. The final parent workshop was even more interactive where parents were invited to attend with their child to participate in different literacy stations created by the teachers. Teachers demonstrated strategies and then provided time for parents to practice with their children as teachers supported them in the practices. A fun, enlightening, and valuable learning experience was had by all.
Children were at the center of the minds and hearts of each and every teacher during the Summer Learning Collaborative. While their parents were learning about literacy during the first two workshops, the children were having lunch and engaging in literacy activities with the teachers from LIU. Children spent two and a half hours each day, four days a week for the three weeks learning how to improve their writing, by writing a narrative from beginning, middle to end. Children proudly celebrated their published work in a white hard cover book on the final day. In addition to writing, students worked in small groups on reading strategies and improved their reading skills by thinking like a writer, connecting their own writing with the many “mentor” authors they read from during the reading instruction. On the final day of the Summer Reading Intervention program, students were able to choose from books to read for the remainder of the summer. The books were donated by the book fairies and provided a resource to all children who participated to use the goals that they set for their own summer reading.
Street Elementary School
W. Critz Elementary School
P. Long Intermediate School
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