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Notice of Board of Education Business Meeting - October 25th


Cheering for a Cause

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On October 15th, 2017 the Bellport Varsity Cheerleading team participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach State Park and cheered on all walkers to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. From selling baked goods to breast cancer apparel and taking donations, the team was able to raise $415 for this cause.

Seniors Meet with College Reps

Seniors Meet with College Reps photo
On Wednesday, October 5th, over 120 colleges packed the high school gymnasium for the annual Bellport High School College Fair. Students were allotted time to visit college tables, learn about majors, admissions criteria, and the application process. The high school guidance counselors were on staff to assist students and answer college-related questions. In addition to the colleges in attendance; military branches, trade, technical, and aviation schools were available as well.

Students at Bellport High School have multiple opportunities throughout the year to learn about college and career opportunities. The high school guidance counselors host two college fairs; one in fall and another in the spring, and a career fair in the spring. Students are also encouraged to attend large career fairs hosted by Suffolk County Community College and Hofstra University. High school counselors will be meeting with senior students throughout the fall to assist with college admissions and career planning. Current juniors and their parents/guardians will meet with counselors in the spring to develop a testing timeline and gain an introduction to the college admission process. 

MIF Training

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In preparing for the implementation of Math in Focus, K-5 elementary teachers participated in professional development provided by Math in Focus Trainers. Training focused on instructional strategies that balance conceptual understanding, visual learning and problem solving. Based on the concrete-pictorial-abstract learning progression and real-world, hands on experiences teachers learned instructional practices that are research-based and focused on classroom learning, discussion and practice

Educators Attend Teachers College at Columbia University

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South Country Central School District educators attended Teachers College at Columbia University this summer. Through the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project educators were engaged in an intensive institute focused on the teaching of writing. Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year these state of the art teaching methods will be shared across the district.

Pictured in the photo:

Dr. Kathleen Munisteri (BRK), Jenn Hayhurst (VWC), Kim Gosselin (BRK), Keri Paolillo (FPL), Trish Gallina(FPL) and Victoria Suarez (BRK).

Math in Focus Conference

Math in Focus National Institute Conference photo

Teachers from our district attended the Math in Focus National Institute Conference and learned about topics and themes related to implementing Math in Focus. Teachers learned about performance tasks, guided lesson design, visualization, number sense gaps, data through a mastery lens, bar modeling, geometry, measurement, and probability.

The attached picture shows the following teachers who attended the Math in Focus National Institute: Joe Totora (FPL), Alissa Walters (KRM), Elizabeth Travers (BRK), Dr. Yeap Ban Har, Lisa Nabi (FPL), and Michele Wein (BRK).

Board of Education Congratulates Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

Board of Education Congratulates Commended Student  in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program photo
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph Giani, Board of Education President, Cheryl A. Felice and Bellport High School Principal, Tim Hogan, congratulated Travis Cutter on his achievement as a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

SUNY Stony Brook Provides Guidance on the College Admissions Process

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Monday evening, September 18, 2017, in the Ebersole Auditorium, Bellport Senior High School guidance counselors were accompanied by Gerome Bell, Admissions Advisor at SUNY Stony Brook to present on the undergraduate college admissions process. Mr. Bell discussed the important components of the application and admission process for colleges all over the nation. Mr. Bell provided advice for students and their families on choosing the right college, planning college visits, developing a balanced college list, and a recommended timeline for students to follow. His comprehensive presentation included details on financial aid, application deadlines, and a description of state and private post-secondary institutions. The evening concluded with a question and answer session for both Mr. Bell and the Bellport Senior High School guidance counselors.

The high school guidance counselors will coordinate multiple programs over the following months to support students during the college application process, educate families on post-secondary options, and increase access to financial aid opportunities. Students at Bellport Senior High School will have the opportunity to participate in:

BHS Fall College Fair – October 4th, 2017
Classroom Guidance Lessons on College Admissions – various dates throughout the fall
Financial Aid Night – November 1st, 2017
Junior Planning Conference – various dates throughout the winter and spring
BHS Spring College Fair – March 5th 2018
BHS Career Fair – March 5th, 2018

Students and families are encouraged to frequently visit the Bellport Senior High School Guidance webpage at to learn of upcoming events, view recent presentations and access updated information on the college admission and financial aid process.

To view PowerPoint presentation, click here

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Justin Arini at 631-730-1608 or email


Etched in Sand

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On Superintendent's Conference day, Regina Calcaterra, author of Etched in Sand, inspired faculty and staff members as she shared her story and how because of teachers, community members and other support networks she was able to go to college, study and practice law. See her bio on the following link

Stop the Bleed Training

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On Superintendent's Conference Day teachers were trained by Colby Rowe, MS, NRP, FP-C, CIC of Stony Brook University's Trauma Center Education & Prehospital Outreach Coordinator Division of Trauma to recognize and control life-threatening bleeding. This course was designed so that teachers who may be called upon can bridge the gap from time of injury to arrival of professional first responders. Participants were trained to recognize and treat life-threatening bleeding, through the use of tourniquets and hemostatic gauze to control severe bleeding. The program is overseen by the American College of Surgeons and an educational effort associated with the Department of Homeland Security's national "Stop The Bleed" campaign.

Math in Focus - Save the Date


Middle School Chorus Performs at Village 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

BMS Chorus at 9/11 memorial
With over a hundred people in attendance, the Bellport Middle School Chorus gave a moving performance at the Bellport Village September 11th Memorial held at the Village Marina.  (Courtesy of Long Island Advance 9/13/17)

New School Supplies Donated

Stuff A Bus School Supplies
South Country Staff with Stuff-A-Bus Sponsors
John Thiessen Childrens Foundation Donated Supplies
South Country Staff Dr. Sam Gergis, Amy Brennan and Marlon Small with Representatives from John Thiessen Children's Foundation
A big thank you to United Way of Long Island, East End Bus Lines and the John Thiessen Children’s Foundation!  Thanks to their generous donations, students throughout the District started off the school year with boxes and backpacks filled with a variety of new school supplies.  The supplies were delivered to each school building districtwide.  

Board of Education Welcomes Student Ex-Officio Member


Board of Education President, Cheryl A. Felice, welcomes Bellport High School Senior, Jordyn LaGrega, who was recently appointed to serve as the Student Ex-Officio Board of Education Member for the 2017-2018 School Year.   

South Country Hosts Community Action Poverty Simulation Program

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About sixty-four people experienced the virtual realities of poverty in a unique poverty simulation conducted recently by South Country Central School District. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) Program was designed to help people better understand the realities of poverty. Participants included South Country Central School District staff, community members, and community leaders.

“This program helps people understand the complexities and frustrations of living in poverty day to day,” said Rosa Kalomiris, South Country School District’s Family Engagement Center Coordinator. “With a greater awareness of its impact, we can more effectively address the poverty issues in our community.”

Using a simulation kit, participants role-played the lives of low-income families. Some were TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients, some were disabled, and others were senior citizens on Social Security. They had the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.” They interacted with human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers and others.

More than 15% of New Yorkers are living at or below federal poverty level, according to the 2015 census. An additional 5% individuals have incomes just above the poverty level. These total more than 20% of New Yorkers struggling to meet their basic needs. The number of children living in poverty or borderline poverty in Suffolk County in 2015 was 29,144 and climbing each year.  On average, 55% of South Country Central School District’s students receive free or reduced lunch in comparison to an average of 33% of children receiving free or reduced lunch in Suffolk County.

“This is the everyday reality of thousands of New Yorkers.  Understanding that reality will help us change it,” said Ms. Kalomiris.

CAPS enables participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and then to recognize and discuss the potential for change within their local communities, said Elaine West, executive director of the Missouri Association for Community Action, which made the simulation available nationwide.

The simulation was designed to sensitize those who frequently deal with low-income families as well as to create a broader awareness of poverty among policymakers, community leaders and others.

The Missouri Association for Community Action is a network of community action agencies throughout the state that provide a variety of services to low-income individuals and families. Please visit their website at to find out more about the poverty simulation. (Community Action Network, 2017)

Class of 2017 August Graduates

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Good luck and congratulations to the Class of 2017 August Graduates. Please click here to view the highlights of the graduation ceremonies.

Bellport High School Ceremony 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
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