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Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Joseph Giani

Dear Parents / Guardians and Students,

Welcome back! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer vacation with family and friends!  We eagerly anticipate another successful year here in South Country School District and look forward to seeing you all when our doors open for our first day of school on  Tuesday, September 5, 2017. In addition to a number of new and talented members of our faculty and staff, I am delighted to announce and welcome the following new members of the district administrative team:

     Mr. Marlon Small, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability
     Mr. Justin Arini, Director of Guidance and Counseling Programs
     Ms. Monica Pullows Tetuan, Director of ELL, Bilingual & World Language Programs
     Mrs. Mariana Gil, Bellport Middle School Assistant Principal
     Mr. Reinaldo Latorre, Bellport High School Assistant Principal
     Mr. Bernie Soete, Instructional Data Administrator

Good communication is essential in a true family-school partnership, so I urge you to stay in touch with your child's teacher and principal throughout the school year. These individuals will be able to address any questions or concerns you may have. Listed below, please find the contact information for each of our schools:

       Bellport High School       (631) 730-1575   Principal, Mr. Hogan
       Bellport Middle School
 (631) 730-1626  Principal, Dr. Colson
       Frank P. Long Intermediate School        (631) 730-1725  Principal, Mrs. Rucinski
       Brookhaven Elementary School  (631) 730-1700  Principal, Dr. Munisteri
       Kreamer Street Elementary School  (631) 730-1650  Principal, Mr. Clark
       Verne W. Critz Elementary School  (631) 730-1675  Principal, Mr. Ginty (Acting Principal: Mr. Graf)

Once again, I encourage you to visit the Family Engagement Center which is dedicated to creating and supporting partnerships among schools, families and the community. At the Center, you can take advantage of scheduled workshops throughout the year as well as homework help for students and parents.

To assist you and your child in preparing for a great school, please review the Code of Conduct Summary and return the affirmation of the Code of Conduct, publication(s) and cell phone policies signature form to your building principal by September 12, 2017. Please note, the Code of Conduct is also available for review at your child's school.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the principal of your child's school.

Finally, there may be times when the weather will cause schools to have a delayed opening or close for the day. These decisions will generally be made by 5:30 am. All delays and closings will be posted on the district's website and the district will place a phone call through ConnectEd to your home or cell phone notifying you of any closings or delayed opening. The information will also be broadcast on the following stations:

         WALK 97·5 FM; WBAB 102.3 FM; WBZO 103.1 FM;WRCN 103.9 FM; WBLI 106.1 FM; and Channel12 TV News.

I look forward to working with you to ensure that all of our children have a very successful, safe and enjoyable school year.  On behalf of the Board of Education and our faculty and staff, welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!


Dr. Joseph Giani
Superintendent of Schools

Sunday, August 19, 2018
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