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Special Olympics - Volunteers Requested

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On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Hampton Bays Public Schools will host the Special Olympics. The daylong event will be held at Hampton Bays High School from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through this link


Suffolk County Community College Summer 2018 Early College Program Application

Please use the link below to access the application for the SCCC 2018 Early College Program.



Celebrating 100 days!

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Hampton Bays Elementary School students celebrated the 100th day of school on Feb. 14. Students marked the occasion by participating in a number of projects related to the number 100, such as Mindy Brown’s kindergarten class, who made “100th Day of School” hats.  

Hampton Bays art students create unity mural

Hampton Bays art students create unity mural photo
With a 350-square-foot blank hallway wall as their canvas, student-artists at Hampton Bays High School used their talents to design and paint a colorful and inspiring work of art that captures the spirit of their school. 

The mural came to fruition as part of a unity mural project created by local artist Joyce Raimondo, who works with students across Long Island to foster positive expression through art.   

“With so much tension in our country today, I wanted to create a project that would give young people a creative forum for teamwork and peaceful collaboration,” said Raimondo. “The schools’ mottos come to life with murals by students, for students.”

The Hampton Bays mural project kicked off in mid-February with a brainstorming session, during which Art Club members came up with ideas to best illustrate their school’s mottos, which include “Lifelong Learning” and “Character.”  Raimondo then worked with the students to lay out the mural and begin the painting process. Art Club adviser and teacher Keegan Bishop helped the students complete the giant work of art that features an image of the Ponquogue Bridge and the ocean.

A Thrilling Lesson

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As part of a lesson on kinetic and potential energy, Hampton Bays Middle School seventh-graders in Tonianne Dossiano’s class recently constructed roller coasters in their school’s hallway to study the law of conservation of energy as it applies to loops and hills. The students, said Dossiano, were fully engaged in the hands-on lesson that took science out of the textbook. 

Flag flies for Thomas Gately

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In its mission to bring history to life, the Hampton Bays School District honors a local veteran every month of the school year by flying an American flag in their honor. Throughout the month of February, the district paid such tribute to Navy veteran Thomas Gately.

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

The February honoree was recognized with a ceremony at Hampton Bays Elementary School on Feb. 16. Highlights of the event included a performance by the Hampton Bays High School Select Choir and high school senior Jennifer Reyes’ reading of her winning Voice of Democracy essay. The ceremony culminated with Chris Ramos, commander of American Legion Hand-Aldrich Post 924, presenting Clemensen with a certificate and plaque to thank the district for its dedication to local veterans, followed by the raising of the flag in Gately’s honor. 

Gately was born in the South Bronx in 1941 and began his education at St. Raymond Grammar School. He moved to the East Bronx at the age of 13 and graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School in 1959. 

One month after high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and commenced 14 weeks of boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes, just north of Chicago, Illinois. After boot camp, he requested destroyer duty and was assigned to the USS Charles Roan DD853. On March 31, 1960, the Roan participated in a key Middle East Force, cruising the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Persian Gulf. After that, it became an engineering school ship until July 1961, when it underwent a year of modernization at the New York Naval Shipyard.

After refit and sea training in Guantanamo Bay, the Roan was assigned to the Cuban Quarantine in response to the United States’ first nuclear crisis. A Soviet nuclear weapon facility had been discovered in Cuba in October 1962, and President John F. Kennedy ordered the quarantine in retaliation.

Gately was a boatswain’s mate on the Roan and had a high-level security clearance. On board, his primary responsibility was to supervise deck maintenance activities such as painting, the upkeep of rigging and deck equipment. He ensured the Roan’s boats were operational and in good condition. He served his time honorably and was discharged in 1963.

For Gately, the Navy was only the beginning. After his discharge, he attended welding school for two years and joined Ironworkers Local 15. With them, he worked on foundations and tunnels for bridges and buildings. Major projects with Local 15 included the 4,260-foot-long Verrazano Bridge, the World Trade Center – Gately worked on the North Tower for three years – and the Welfare Island Tunnel, during which he worked side by side with urban miners doing welding and burning on the tunnel-digging machines. In total, he spent 33 years as an ironworker and operating engineer for New York City.

Gately married Rosie Doyle in 1975, moved to Hampton Bays, and in 1983, built the house he still lives in today. He joined the American Legion in 1988 and is also an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Knights of Columbus.

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Typists in the Making

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Through the use of two new interactive programs, Hampton Bays Elementary School students are gaining keyboarding skills in their technology classes.

The age-tailored typing applications, Mickey’s Typing Adventure and Typing Instructor, provides students in grades 2-4 with instruction in important keyboarding skills, including proper typing posture and fundamentals. According to technology teacher Wendy Alberti, the students are extremely motivated to practice typing and watch their skill level improve.

Upcoming Athletic Dates

HS JV and Varsity Sports Begin Monday, March 5
• Spring HS Boys Sports : Baseball, Tennis, Lacrosse and Track & Field
• Spring HS Girls Sports: Softball, Lacrosse and Track & Field
High School Sports Physical is on Monday, March 5 at 9 am in the NS Nurses office. Students must make appointment by Thursday, March 1

Middle School Spring Sports Begin Monday, March 26
• Spring Boys MS Sports: Baseball, Lacrosse, Tennis and Track & Field
• Spring Girls MS Sports: Softball, Lacrosse, Gymnastics and Track & Field

• Event - Unified Hockey Game - Hampton Bays vs. Southampton - Thursday, March 1 at 5:30 in the HS Gymnasium

Students Advance in LI Science and Engineering Fair

Students Advance in LI Science and Engineering Fair photo
Hours of research and dedication have paid off for Hampton Bays High School seniors Sydney Caldwell and Meghan Long, whose respective research projects were among 130 to advance to the second round of the annual Long Island Science and Engineering Fair competition. 

To earn the spot, the seniors competed against 400 students from schools across Long Island on Feb. 6 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. They will next present their findings to judges on March 2 in the hopes of receiving an invitation to the International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in May.

“We couldn’t be more excited for Sydney and Meghan,” said science research teacher Dr. Stephanie Forsberg. “They are proudly representing the East End of Long Island, an area that has not historically been represented in round two of this competition.” 

For her project, “The Apoptotic Effect of Novel Curcumin Derivative on Pancreatic Cancer Cells,” Caldwell evaluated the ability of chemically modified curcumin to inhibit pancreatic cell growth by inducing apoptosis through potential protein mechanisms. Through her research, she determined that with further investigation, CMC can possibly be used in pancreatic cancer treatments to strengthen the effects of drugs currently used. 

Long’s work, “Daily Self-Weighing to Combat Obesity Among Adolescents,” explored the effects of daily self-weighing on 38 high school students. Using experimental and control groups, she found that daily self-weighing caused a significant decrease in weight among adolescents.  

Basketball Star Honored

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To inspire student-athletes and pay tribute to one of its own, the athletic department of the Hampton Bays School District honored former Hampton Bays High School basketball star William Harvey (Class of 1979) at a ceremony on Feb. 1.

As part of the event, a banner celebrating Harvey’s athletic accomplishments was dedicated by the Men’s Basketball League, and the varsity basketball team, athletic department and Town of Southampton presented him with certificates of achievement.

“Mr. Harvey is an example of grace,” said Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen. 

In accepting the accolades, Harvey told the crowd that he was humbled by the honor. “None of this would have been possible without great coaches, teammates and friends,” he said. 

During Harvey’s tenure in Hampton Bays, he set a number of impressive basketball records, including averaging 25 points per game, scoring a total of 1,664 career points, scoring the high number of points in one game (62), holding two national free throw records for a single game, and being named All-State and All-County. 

In addition to playing basketball, Harvey was also a member of the varsity football and baseball teams during his high school years. 

Following graduation, Harvey attended the University of West Georgia and the University of New Mexico. An avid golfer, he has been a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America since 1989 and is the head golf professional at the Ladera Golf Course in New Mexico.  

Patriotic Essays Earn Accolades

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The essays of five students at Hampton Bays Middle School and Hampton Bays High School were selected as winners in the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests, respectively. The students were recognized with certificates during a ceremony at VFW Post 5350 on Jan. 25.    

Middle school students Erin Brosnan, Joshua Cardenas and Carly Dunn received accolades for their essays based on the theme “America’s Gift to My Generation,” while high school students Olivia Lofstad, Jennifer Reyes and Marin Smith earned honors for their works inspired by “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” 

The district extends its congratulations to each of these students on their literary accomplishments.  #WeAreHB

Middle School Students Rise to the Challenge

Rise to the Challenge
As part of its character education program, the Hampton Bays Middle School has kicked off “Rising to the Challenge,” a new initiative that recognizes students who display outstanding character.

Every quarter, 24 students will be chosen based on teacher recommendation for recognition in a school ceremony. To be selected, the students must demonstrate consistent effort, take learning risks, seek and accept challenges, and apply learning strategies. They must also demonstrate optimism and resilience, have a positive attitude, inspire others, and serve as team players and role models. 

“This program is designed to celebrate personal responsibility in our school, prompting students to become role models and, ultimately, future leaders in our community,” said Assistant Principal Anthony DeBlasio.

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to the following first-quarter honorees: fifth-graders Tyler Besch, Kevin Blas Ramirez, Valeria Gamboa and Diana Soledad; sixth-graders Marcello Arbelaez Correa, Alessandro Bejines, Kimberly Moran and Kelly Velasquez; seventh-graders Elijah Amos, Sophia Corredor, Christian Cruz, Zachary Himelfarb, Viviana Martinez, Jamie Moore, Jake Naclerio and Lizbeth Ramirez; and eighth-graders Alfonso Blas-Pinto, Maria Cifuentes, Makenna Downs, Alexa Langsdorf, Ashley Morales-Echavarria, Bryan Rivera Pineda, Luca Villano and Nicholas Zbikowski.  #WeAreHB

Basketball star banks 1,000th point

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Before a cheering crowd, Hampton Bays High School senior MacKenzie Tyler reached a milestone in her basketball career by scoring her 1,000th point on Jan. 23. She had been just seven points shy of the goal prior to the home game against Bayport-Blue Point.

“We are very proud of MacKenzie for reaching this benchmark,” said Drew Walker, director of health, physical education and athletics. 

MacKenzie is a three-sport athlete. In addition to basketball, she plays varsity golf and varsity softball and serves as captain of all three teams. Her titles include All-County and All-League for basketball, most valuable player for golf, and All-County and most valuable player for softball. 

When not on the field or court, she participates in student council, the Leo’s Club, Key Club, Varsity Club and Future Business Leaders of America. 

Flag flies for Antonio Gil Sr.

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In its mission to bring history to life by honoring a local veteran every month of the school year, the Hampton Bays School District is paying tribute to Antonio Gil Sr. by flying an American flag in his honor throughout the month of January. 

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

Gil, a World War II veteran, was honored with a ceremony at Hampton Bays Elementary School on Jan. 19. During the ceremony, the Hampton Bays Middle School Jazz Band performed and middle school students Erin Brosnan and Carly Dunn read their Patriot’s Pen essays. The event culminated with the raising of the flag on the district’s flagpole. 

Boot camp at Camp Peary, Virginia, was rough for Gil, who was just 19 when he enlisted in the Navy in 1942. He was given many orders, frequently served kitchen patrol and had to stand guard duty, but this did little to prepare him for what was to come.  

After brief stateside assignments at Camps Parks and Rousseau in California, he shipped out with his unit to Australia and then to New Guinea. New Guinea, as Gil describes, was a place where “it rained daily for nine months and then the monsoon started,” and where the only paths through the jungle quickly became knee-deep mud under the onslaught of the drenching rain. Because New Guinea was “just a jungle” when Gil arrived, the unit’s first task was to build huts as shelter from the rain, although they did little to protect the sailors from the 90-degree heat and 90-percent-plus humidity. The huts also did not protect from the clouds of mosquitos, swarms of ants and other stinging insects, or from the diseases they spread. Malaria, dengue fever, dysentery, scrub typhus and more awaited. Most of the sailors contracted at least one of these and Gil got two of the worst – malaria and dengue fever.

In addition to these hardships, sniper fire was common as the men loaded and unloaded ships of the supplies and ammo needed to support military operations in New Guinea and throughout the South Pacific. Despite all this, Gil and his fellow sailors got the job done and developed a strong bond. The bond was not enough, however, to detract from the loneliness that the soldiers experienced. Contact with family and friends in America was sporadic. Mail, when it came, was censored; information was cut out or crossed out. Rare USO shows were morale boosters, but troops spent most of what little free time they had playing cards. 
In November 1945, Gil transferred to Lido Beach, New York. There, he was stationed until his discharge as a gunner’s mate second class – V6 USNR.  

After his discharge, Gil went to work for Fisher Baking Company as a route driver. He moved to Hampton Bays in 1954 and worked for Nugent & Potter as a road salesman until his retirement.
Always active in the community, Gil has served as a Southampton Town councilman, a member of the fire department and Southampton Town Planning Board, a Little League coach and a Cub Scout leader. He has two sons, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Today, Gil is the last surviving member of his outfit.

Dance for a Cause

Dance for a Cause
Elementary school students bopped, twirled and grooved on Jan. 17 during an hourlong dance-a-thon sponsored by the school’s community service club, K-Kids. The event raised $1,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through pledges the students procured prior to the event.  #WeAreHB

Promoting Student Success Through Character Education

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To promote social, emotional and academic success within their classrooms, first-grade teachers have kicked off a new character education initiative. 

The program expands upon the grade level’s existing character education program, Second Step, by adding a set of five character education assemblies.

During the first assembly, held Jan. 9, students learned more about kindness through the song “Try a Little Kindness” and by reading “We’re All Wonders” by R. J. Palacio, a version for younger children of the author’s popular novel, “Wonder.”

The assembly culminated with students pledging to be kind and writing encouraging notes to one another on paper hearts. 

Upcoming assemblies will focus on bullying, empathy, friendship and problem-solving.  

“Our first-grade team believes these assemblies will further engage our students and provide them with additional opportunities to practice and learn from one another in an effort to become better individuals,” said teacher Jonathan DellaSperanza.

Morning Meal Brings Culinary Students, Veterans Together

Morning Meal Brings Culinary Students, Veterans Together photo
Culinary students at Hampton Bays High School practiced their catering skills in a real-world setting on Jan. 10. 

As part of the learning activity, the chefs-in-training spent the morning preparing eggs, bacon and other breakfast dishes for local veterans from American Legion Hand Aldrich Post 924. 

With such success, the high school plans to invite the veterans back for another delicious meal. 

The culinary program is part of the Hampton Bays School District’s college and career offerings, which include a hands-on pre-K program.

Hampton Bays alumni inspire eighth-graders

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To motivate eighth-graders to start thinking about their futures, the middle school hosted its 10th annual College Awareness Day on Jan. 3. 

Organized by guidance counselors Lorie O’Halloran and Jessica Sears, the eighth-graders gained insight and perspective into college life from Hampton Bays High School alumni who are now enrolled in college. The alumni answered questions about their college experiences and discussed the typical college schedule, admissions process and extracurricular offerings. 

The district extends its gratitude to the following college students who participated in the event: Christian Berglin (SUNY Maritime College), Jean Catena (West Virginia University), Kaylee Catena (Baruch College), Taylor Dunn (Marist College), Noah Montague (Stony Brook University), Erin Murphy (SUNY Geneseo), Alexandra Peterson (Roger Williams University) and David Ramirez (Farmingdale State College). 

Student-Athletes Recognized

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Hampton Bays High School seniors Sydney Caldwell and Dylan Flores were recently honored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as winners of the Suffolk Zone Student Leadership Award. 

Sydney and Dylan were selected based upon their excellence in physical education, leadership ability and service to the community. 

A three-sport athlete, Sydney participates in gymnastics, cheerleading and track and field. Her honors include being named an MVP for cheerleading, receiving All-League designation for gymnastics and qualifying for the state championships in the pole vault event. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, she is an Advanced Placement Scholar and a member of her school’s Key Club, National Honor Society, Varsity Club, pep band and marching band.

Dylan has played varsity soccer for the past four years and has served as captain of his school’s team for the past three. Among his sporting accomplishments, he was named All-Conference twice and earned a Suffolk Zone award at the middle school level. When not on the soccer field, he participates in his school’s youth court and on the Science Olympiad team. He also volunteers for breast cancer walks.   

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to both seniors on this noteworthy achievement.

Leos donate to The Retreat

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The high school’s Leo Club recently presented East Hampton’s The Retreat with a check for $145. The club raised the funds for the donation during a Domestic Violence Awareness campaign, led by student Lizeth Reyes. As part of the project, Leo Club members sold friendship bracelets.