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Celebrating Earth Day

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Kindergartners in Ms. Kathleen Palmieri’s class recently celebrated Earth Day by reading, “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle. They then learned about the different parts of flowers and how seeds can travel. The students will also be making mini-greenhouses out of clear cups and planting flowers to connect what they have learned with the real world.

Students of the Month Recognized

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Three students were recognized as April “Students of the Month” during the Hampton Bays School Board of Education meeting on April 18. The students Matthew Zheng (elementary school), Isabella Jaramillo Arango (middle school) and Rina Tello (high school) each received a plaque and words of praise from their respective principals

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Honored

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At its April 18 meeting, the Hampton Bays School Board of Education recognized Erik Morastitla as the Class of 2017 valedictorian and Nicholas Kolb as the salutatorian. The seniors each received a plaque after Hampton Bays High School Principal Christopher Richardt spoke about their respective academic accomplishments.

Successful Symposium Presentation

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Hampton Bays High School sophomore Jared Strecker successfully presented his research on mesothelioma at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma on March 27 and 28 in Maryland.

During the symposium, the Science Research student met with top researchers in the field, including Dr. Harvey Pass. He also shared his research, which focuses on therapies and treatments of mesothelioma and biomarkers found in plasma samples that could lead to earlier detection of mesothelioma.

Strecker has selected the research project with the assistance of science research teacher Dr. Stephanie Forsberg and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Denise Sullivan during his freshman year.

Val & Sal 2017

Congratulations to the academic leaders of the Class of 2017, Valedictorian, Erik Morsastitla and Salutatorian, Nicholas Kolb.  Please enjoy the video to learn more about these two great students, how they earned this impressive distinction, and what their plans are for the future!

10th Annual Baymen 5K Run/Walk

10th Annual Baymen 5K Run/Walk
Registration is now open for the Hampton Bays Baymen’s 10th annual community 5K run/walk, scheduled for May 13 at 9 a.m. at Hampton Bays Middle School, located at 70 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays.
The run, sponsored by the Hampton Bays Booster Club, will benefit the Hampton Bays Track and Field Program, as well as Booster Club efforts. It will feature awards for top finishers in each age group.
Fees for pre-registration (available until May 6) are $15 for children 16 and under and $20 for adults. Day of race registration is $20 for children 16 and under and $25 for adults. Registration can be mailed to Hampton Bays Booster Club, 88 Argonne Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946 with checks made out to Hampton Bays Booster Club or online at
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Poster contest winners

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Some 35 winning posters created by Hampton Bays Elementary School students will soon be displayed on Senator Ken LaValle’s website as part of the New York State Earth Day poster competition.  

Technology teacher Wendy Alberti selected seven winning posters from each grade after the students worked on them in her classroom.  
The Hampton Bays School district extends its congratulations to the following poster artists:


Henry Feliciano, Bella Gonzalez, Mariana Monsalve, Austin Medrano, Anthony Chicas, Bella Ibarro and Juliana Ruiz Cunha

First Grade

Ainara Quintero Valencia, Sean Donahue, Maci Hetzel, Maya Grieco, Daniela Gomez Muyudumay, Andrew Alban and Luana Pena

Second Grade

Natalye Choy Vasquez, Lilah Nydegger, Damaris Feliciano, David Blas Ramirez, Andree, Diaz Banegas, Maria Juvado and Andrew Guevara

Third Grade

Nathan Perl, Olivia Purta, Taylor Meyers, Tatyana Pena, Keira Nappi, Emily Lucero and Vanessa Feliciano

Fourth Grade

Caren Amador, Ashley Rodriguez, Giovanni Tzitzimititla, Angel Perez, Chris Clinton, Kaya Raynor and Cristian Martinez

National Junior Honor Society Induction Held

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During a candlelighting ceremony on March 30, 26 eighth-grade students were inducted into the Hampton Bays Middle School National Junior Honor Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for students.

To be eligible for membership, the students were required to have a cumulative average of 92 or better and meet the standards of leadership, service, citizenship and character.  

“We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body,” said Laurie O’ Halloran, chapter adviser. “National Junior Honor Society members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community.”

The Hampton Bays School District extends congratulations to the following students: Stephanie Alvarez Grajales, Mickey Bracken, Tara Brochu, Bryan Carrillo, David Catena, Alexi Cruz Guzman, Angelina Desiderio, Giana DiPierdomenico, Melissa Fallo, Sierra Gaffney, Abigail Galvan Valverde, Johnny Gonzalez Molina, Grace Grimes, Kyle Gulotta, Tara Lauther, Cassidy Moore, Emma Naclerio, Eliz Nurel, Shaina Pierce, Dulce Pina, Priscila Putzulu, Katerina Reich, Saorla Scully, Jennifer Serna, William Theiling and Nidia Vasquez Garcia. #EngageHB

Helping the animals

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Elementary school students have raised $1,000 for the Southampton Animal Shelter as part of their first-grade Community Service Committee project. As part of the project, the students learned about the shelter, made posters and organized a fundraiser in which they sold bracelets, stamps and puppy ducks. The students who showed their love of animals and dedication to the cause also got to meet two shelter animals, Lily and Toby.

Musicians Perform at Prestigious Festivals

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High school musicians have been selected to perform in prestigious music festivals including SCMEA, HMEA and LISFA.

The students were selected based on their NYSMA scores and teacher recommendations.

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to the following student musicians:

SCMEA Chorus
Ava Bianchi
Ian Hubbard
Gabrielle Caine

Annabelle Dominguez
Sarah Oh
Tristan Halsey

HMEA Chorus
Julia Tetrault
Matthew Zbikowski
Gabrielle Caine
Ian Hubbard
Daniel Romano
Jacob Helfand

HMEA Orchestra
Domenico Pensa III
Alison Pensa

Annabelle Dominguez
Olivia Dimijian
Sarah Oh
Nicholas Kolb
Davis Feliciano
Christopher Barros
Eric Casale
Christian Rodriguez
Tristan Halsey
Matthew Lligui
Rachel Moscato
Rolando Mancilla

Domenico Pensa III
Alison Pensa

Suffolk Community College ECP Summer 2017 Course List and Application

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Flag Flies for Frederick Dacierno

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In its mission to take history out of the textbooks by honoring a local veteran each month of the school year, the Hampton Bays School District is paying tribute to Vietnam veteran Frederick Dacierno by flying an American flag in his honor through the month of March.

“The district is proud to honor Mr. Dacierno for his bravery and service to the United States,” said Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen.

Mr. Dacierno was honored at a ceremony held March 17 at Hampton Bays Elementary School. During the event, middle school jazz band musicians performed and representatives from the eighth-grade class introduced him by reading his biography. Also, public officials, including Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman spoke in Mr. Dacierno’s honor. The ceremony concluded with the raising of the American flag.

Mr. Dacierno has a long history in Hampton Bays. His family first moved to the area from Freeport, where his father worked for Scopinich’s Freeport Point Shipyard, to work at the Scopiniches’ Hampton Shipyard in East Quogue. Mr. Dacierno’s graduating high school class was the first kindergarten class to attend the same building as the high school.

After graduation, he went to trade school in North Carolina to train as a heavy equipment operator. In December 1969, his number came up in the first draft lottery as number 5, meaning he would be drafted. He returned from North Carolina and got a job while waiting for his notice. Mr. Dacierno wanted to serve in the Army Corps of Engineers, so he volunteered and enlisted for three years. If he had accepted the two-year draft commitment, he would not have had a choice of military specialty.

After training in the Engineer Corps, Mr. Dacierno went to Vietnam in August 1970 and was assigned to the 137th Engineer Company, which was attached to the 39th Engineer Battalion, 18th Brigade. On his second day in-country, the company leadership designated him as operator of the month. He then went on to the battalion competition and was promoted to specialist fourth class about a month after competing, where he was tested in military knowledge, current events and anything else the examination board thought was pertinent to his service. He ran all equipment for the company, including driving tractors, bulldozers and he even had a chauffeur’s license. Mr. Dacierno also trained his fellow soldiers to operate the same equipment. His nickname was “D.”

In February 1971, Mr. Dacierno was assigned to operate a bulldozer in the field where they were building a road. His bulldozer drove over a land mine. He did not hear the explosion and was thrown into a rice paddy, losing his M-16 rifle. His fellow soldiers placed him aboard a MEDEVAC helicopter for evacuation to a field hospital. After he got out of the hospital, he was assigned to company headquarters. A month later, he was assigned to a rock quarry for the rest of his tour. Mr. Dacierno was awarded the Bronze Star of Valor; the Purple Heart; the Army Commendation Medal; the Good Conduct Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He recalled his scariest day in the Army. His unit had to relocate from the field. When his unit arrived at the compound, it was past curfew and they had to stay outside the compound all night, vulnerable to attack. Everyone stayed in the trucks, and fortunately, nothing happened.

Since his time in Vietnam was coming to an end, Mr. Dacierno was able to request his assignment back in “the world.” He asked to be assigned near home and got an assignment as a drill instructor at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  He was honorably discharged in March 1973.

When he got home, he went to work at Hampton Excavating. His boss was a Korean War veteran. He stayed there 11 years and then went to work for Chesterfield and Associates, doing marine construction, and then later to S.L. Worby and Son, Inc. in Westhampton Beach. He married his wife, Bonnie, in 1986; they had two children, Jenny and Neil.

How to Catch a Leprechaun

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To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, kindergartners in Ms. Mindy Brown’s class used their imaginations to design shoebox leprechaun traps that were baited with “gold.” The students also made paper shamrocks and dressed in green.

Three Wishes

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Elementary school second-graders practiced their writing skills while also celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as part of a lesson during the week of March 6. After their teacher, Mr. Christopher Warren, read them the folk tale, “Three Wishes from a Fish” by Yara Mignon, the students used their imaginations to write about three wishes they would ask for, if approached by a leprechaun.

K-Kids Raise Money for Camp Flying Point

K-Kids Raise Money for Camp Flying Point
Members of the elementary school’s service club, K-Kids, recently raised more than $500 for Camp Flying Point as part of an autism awareness fundraiser. To raise the money, the students sold paper puzzle pieces that they made and bubbles between Feb. 28 and March 10. All of the sold puzzle pieces were displayed outside the school’s library.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Kindergartners marked Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2 with the help of volunteers from Target. During the celebration, the guest readers shared some of Dr. Seuss’ tales with the students, including “Green Eggs and Ham.”


Congratulations Mathletes

The middle school Mathletes team, made up of mostly seventh-graders, recently completed its season with a number of accomplishments and learning opportunities. The team, under the direction of Ms. Samantha Renalds and Mr. John Roche, competed in a total of five meets this school year and are looking forward to the next season. “We are very proud of the team’s achievements and can’t wait to see them compete as eight-graders,” said Ms. Renalds.   #EngageHB

Inspiring Students Through Elective Offerings


The Hampton Bays High School offers students a wide-variety of electives that aim to inspire students and diversify their transcripts. Learn more in this video.

Will it Sink or Float?

Will it Sink or Float?
As part of an interdisciplinary lesson, first-graders learned about making predictions through observation as part of a buoyancy lab that involved candy hearts on Feb. 14.

For the ELA/Science lesson, teacher Jonathan DellaSperanza instructed students on how they can make and confirm predictions when reading books through observation. To bolster student understanding of the concept, Mr. DellaSperenza asked the students to work in teams to make predictions about the buoyancy of candy hearts.

“Students learned several skills through this hands-on lesson,” said Mr. DellaSperanza.    #engageHB

Science Student to Present Mesothelioma Research

Hampton Bays High School Science Research student Jared Strecker has been invited to present his research on mesothelioma at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma on March 27 and 28 in Maryland.

Jared’s research focuses on therapies and treatments of mesothelioma and hones in on biomarkers found in plasma samples that could lead to earlier detection of mesothelioma.

The sophomore said he selected the research project with the assistance of Science Research teacher Dr. Stephanie Forsberg and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Denise Sullivan during his freshman year.  

“I was immediately fascinated by the research that has already been conducted on mesothelioma,” said Jared.

At the symposium, Jared said he hopes to secure a mentor to assist with his research and connect with experts.

In addition to working on his research, Jared is treasurer of his school’s student council, a member of Key Club, SAAD and the Mock Trial team. He is also a baseball player and is an assistant coach for his father’s little league team. #engageHB

Winning Patriot Penn Essayists Recognized

Middle school winners of the annual Patriot Penn essay writing contest, Alisia Soto, Alexa Armas and Melissa Guzman, were recognized on Jan. 26 during a ceremony at VFW Post 5350 with certificates. The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to the students. #engageHB