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K-Kids ready to serve

K-Kids ready to serve photo
During a ceremony on Nov. 14, 67 third- and fourth-graders at Hampton Bays Elementary School were inducted into the school’s K-Kids community service organization.  

The students became official members after filling out a brief application that asked them why they wanted to participate in the program. 

Participants of K-Kids meet before school once a month and organize fundraisers that benefit a variety of community organizations and causes, such as breast cancer awareness. They are currently holding a Thanksgiving food drive.

9/11 Memorial Museum Visit

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Thirty-two members of the Hampton Bays High School Leo Club toured the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City on Nov. 3. The students reflected on the events of the historic day and shared their thoughts on the museum with their adviser. Prior to the visit, the club members watched a documentary on Sept. 11. 

Hampton Bays STEM Lab Opens Doors to Learning

Hampton Bays STEM Lab Opens Doors to Learning photo

This school year, students in first through fourth grade at Hampton Bays Elementary School are engaging in science, technology, engineering and math lessons as part of a new STEM Lab program.

For one hour each week, the students visit the new space to take part in hands-on, multidisciplinary lessons taught by STEM Lab teacher Jonathan DellaSperanza.  

Donning a white lab coat, DellaSperanza leads the students in activities that strengthen their standard science curriculum. For example, first-graders recently investigated sound by experimenting with tuning forks and exploring the differences between wood and metal instruments. Taking these concepts further, fourth-graders tested the sound levels around their school as part of an in-depth sound lab. Meanwhile, second-graders tested Newton’s Laws of Motion using ramps, marbles and toy cars. 

“There are endless possibilities to what we can do in the STEM Lab,” said DellaSperanza. 

Moving forward, students will have the opportunity to build and code Botley robots and work with a 3D printer.   

The lab is also home to an array of animals that students learn about throughout the year, including a hedgehog, toads and a gecko. 

Drop and Give Me 20!

Hampton Bays Elementary School students learned the ropes of boot camp from Ron Hurtado and Doug Weinert, members of the nonprofit Airborne Tri Team, on Nov. 8. During the sunny afternoon, the fourth-graders participated in a number of intense exercises, including jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, high knees and races. Hurtado and Weinert also spoke about their experiences in the U.S. Army.

Hands-On Adventures for Life Skills Students

Hampton Bays students enrolled in the district’s life skills program recently gained real-life experience through two hands-on field trips.

Middle and high school students took part in a free workshop with Alvaro Restrepo and his dance troupe, El Colegio del Cuerpo, on Oct. 26. Held courtesy of the Parrish Art Museum and the Watermill Center, the workshop offered students an opportunity to engage with the performers in therapeutic dance and movement. The entertainers also mesmerized the students with a performance that focused on the arts and culture of Colombia. 

Moving from the stage to the barn, on Nov. 1, high school students spent a day at Spirit’s Promise Horse Rescue where they learned how to clean stables, groom and exercise horses, and collect eggs from chicken coops. The visit allowed the students to build upon their vocational experiences and skills. 

Flag Flies for John Lenihan

Flag Flies for John Lenihan photo

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 John Lenihan by flying an American flag in his honor throughout the month of November.

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

As part of the annual Veterans Day breakfast and ceremony held Nov. 7 at Hampton Bays Elementary School, fourth-grade students read Lenihan’s biography, spoke about the importance of Veterans Day and sang the songs of the armed forces’ five branches. 

Born in Astoria, Queens in March 1948, Lenihan moved with his family to Commack at the age of 10.  In July 1966, the year after graduating from Commack High School, he joined the U.S. Air Force and underwent basic training in Amarillo, Texas. After completing basic training – a feat made more challenging by the brutal Texas heat – he went on to aircraft mechanic technical training and was assigned to Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina. There, he worked on EB66-C aircraft, which provided cover in the form of electronic counter measures for U.S. fighter and bomber planes. 

In June 1968, Lenihan was transferred to a U.S. air base in Japan to respond to the hijacking of the USS Pueblo, where EB66-C planes he had worked on were used to patrol the skies off the coast of North Korea. In May the following year, he was transferred again, this time to an air base in Thailand to support U.S. F-105 bombers flying missions over Vietnam.

In April 1970, Lenihan left the Air Force and returned home. He worked as a service manager at General Tire before landing his long-term career as a Suffolk County police officer in 1972. During the next 21 years, Lenihan served as a plainclothes officer, then highway patrol officer and ultimately as a detective. In 1976, not long into his law enforcement career, he earned his college degree from New York Institute of Technology.

After retiring from the police department, Lenihan attended St. John’s University to obtain a degree in security administration. He went on to work in corporate security for Equitable Life Insurance, Bank One and JP Morgan Chase. His responsibilities included security operations, fraud investigations and security for more than 60 bank branches in Suffolk County. 

Lenihan married his high school sweetheart, Geri, in 1967. Together, they have two sons, Thomas and Michael; a daughter, Tracy; and three grandchildren, Ryan, Casey and Kiarra. He and his wife also enjoy their two dogs, Quincy and Riley. He has been a Hampton Bays resident for the last nine years. 

In 2015, Lenihan began working as a bus driver for the Town of Southampton’s Senior Services Department, assisting senior citizens to their medical appointments. In addition, he is an active member of the American Legion Post 924.

Celebrating Thanksgiving

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Kindergartners at Hampton Bays Elementary School celebrated Thanksgiving in their classrooms by learning more about the holiday and taking part in several hands-on activities. 

On Nov. 20, students in Mary Beth Motz’s class re-enacted the Pilgrims’ Mayflower voyage across the Atlantic. Dressed as Pilgrims, they sat in a cardboard Mayflower as their teacher read “The First Thanksgiving” by Linda Hayward. The students also learned to plant beans, corn and squash the Wampanoag way. 

Meanwhile, kindergartners in Liliana Cacace and Meredith Ollennu’s class dressed as Pilgrims and signed the Mayflower Compact. They also learned about the Native Americans and made beaded necklaces. 

Celebrating Kindness

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In recognition of October as National Bullying Prevention Month, Hampton Bays Elementary School students took part in a variety of kindness activities. 

The month’s character education initiatives kicked off with “The Me I Want to Be,” a schoolwide assembly. Students were then inspired to be kind to one another through a “Caught Being Kind” program. In the same vein of kindness, they were introduced to the school’s new buddy bench, which provides an opportunity for students to make new friends.

The school also held an antibullying poster contest, naming a winner in each grade level. 
 

K-Kids collect food donations

K-Kids collect food donations photo
Throughout the month of November, members of the Hampton Bays Elementary School service group, K-Kids, worked to collect nonperishable items for those in need. The third- and fourth-graders’ efforts resulted in enough donations to provide 20 families with a Thanksgiving meal.

Educational Tips – Tip 10

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This year, to further strengthen our school-community partnership, our educators are providing short informational video tips for both parents and students. Our tenth tip comes compliments of Jessica Sears, Hampton Bays Middle School counselor. #WeAreHB

Writing and Mummies and Bats, Oh My!

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Second-graders at Hampton Bays Elementary School marked the season with a variety of projects that coupled art with curriculum. All finished works were displayed in the school’s hallways. 

Students in Lori Foster’s class got “wrapped up in reading” by making miniature mummies out of paper and tacking them to essays they had written about their favorite books. 

In a similar project, Erin McDermott’s second-graders researched bats and penned paragraphs about the nocturnal mammals. Along with the bat facts, they wrote bat haikus and crafted paper bats to accompany their work.    
 

K-Kids Raise Funds for Breast Cancer

The members of the Hampton Bays Elementary School service organization K-Kids recently donated $400 to the American Cancer Society as part of their 14th annual Denim Day fundraiser. They raised the funds by selling breast cancer awareness bracelets to fellow students, teachers and administrators. Students and staff also wore jeans and the color pink on Oct. 26 in honor of the cause.

Educational Tips – Tip 9

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This year, to further strengthen our school-community partnership, our educators are providing short informational video tips for both parents and students. Our ninth tip comes compliments of Emily Grosse, Hampton Bays Middle School fifth-grade teacher. #WeAreHB

Seeding Shinnecock Bay

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To do their part in improving the ecosystem, Hampton Bays High School Science Research students volunteered to seed 28,600 clams into local waters on Oct. 17.

The initiative, which connects learning to the local environment, was conducted in collaboration with the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program. The program was established in 2012 to improve water quality by populating the bays with hard clams, which assist in filtering thousands of gallons of water.

This is the sixth time that Science Research teacher Dr. Stephanie Forsberg has involved her students in the restoration program. To date, students have seeded more than 180,000 clams into area waterways.

“Our students had the unique experience of working collaboratively while giving back to our local community and ecosystem,” said Dr. Forsberg. 
 

Educational Tips – Tip 8

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This year, to further strengthen our school-community partnership, our educators are providing short informational video tips for both parents and students. Our eighth tip comes compliments of Amanda Heenan, Hampton Bays Middle School Science Teacher. #WeAreHB

Hampton Bays Students Chosen for All-County Festival

Hampton Bays Students Chosen for All-County Festival photo
Four students from Hampton Bays High School have received prestigious musical recognition based on their outstanding performances at the New York State School Music Association solo evaluation festival last spring. 

The musicians include Dominic Pensa, who was invited to perform with the All-County Orchestra; Ava Bianchi and Gabrielle Caine, who were selected to sing with the All-County Chorus; and Sarah Oh, who will join the All-County Concert Band. Bianchi was also named an alternate for the All-State Chorus.

All four students will perform in the SCMEA All-County Festival, to be held at Half Hollow Hills High School on Nov. 16.

Flag flies for David Dorchak

Flag flies for David Dorchak photo

In continuing 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 U.S. Navy veteran David Dorchak by flying an American flag in his honor throughout the month of October.

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

Dorchak was recognized on Oct. 19 with a ceremony at Hampton Bays Elementary School. During the tribute, middle school students read his biography and recited their original patriotic essays. The event culminated with the raising of the flag on the school’s flagpole. 

Dorchak was born on Feb. 5, 1967 at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson and grew up in Hauppauge. He attended St. John of God parochial school from first through eighth grade and then enrolled in St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, graduating in 1985.

Upon graduation, Dorchak attended SUNY Maritime College, located at Fort Schuyler in the Bronx, under an ROTC scholarship. He graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and received his third mate license from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. After graduation, he was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy.

Dorchak continued his schooling at Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, Rhode Island. After graduating in December 1989, he was sent to Weapons Officers School in Dam Neck, Virginia. In February 1990, he was assigned to the USS Oliver Hazard Perry, a type of warship known as a fast frigate, and was designated an engineering and deck officer. While on the USS Perry, he completed his qualifications as a surface warfare officer.

In March 1993, Dorchak took an instructor development course. Upon completion, he was assigned back to Surface Warfare Officers School, where he became an instructor. He left active duty in July 1995 but continued to serve in the Navy Reserve until October 2009, when he was honorably discharged. During his time in the Navy, he was awarded four Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals.

In 1995, after leaving active duty, Dorchak took a job as security dean and coach in the Port Jervis City School District. He continued there until 1998, when he became a Southampton Village police officer. He and his wife moved to Hampton Bays in August 1999, and in 2007, he was promoted to sergeant at the Southampton Village Police Department.
 Dorchak met his wife, Christine, while the two were enrolled at SUNY Maritime. The couple married in May 1981. They have two children: a daughter, Schuyler, who is a senior at Hampton Bays High School; and a son, Braeden, who is a freshman at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School.

Dorchak is a member of the American Legion Hand-Aldrich Post 924 as well as the Knights of Columbus. For the last six years, he has also coached basketball, baseball, football and lacrosse. 

 

Educational Tips – Tip 7

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This year, to further strengthen our school-community partnership, our educators are providing short informational video tips for both parents and students. Our seventh tip comes compliments of Jennifer Spota, Library Media Specialist at Hampton Bays High School. #WeAreHB

New Language Learners Celebrated

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Hampton Bays Middle School acknowledged the hard work of 28 students who have completed the school’s English as a New Language program during a recent ceremony. 

All of the students received certificates of recognition for achieving the level of “proficient” in the program. Presenting the accolades were ENL teachers Kathy Algieri and Amy Spinelli, along with school counselors Laurie O’Halloran and Jessica Sears. Principal Dennis Schug and Assistant Principal Diane Fox also congratulated the students and encouraged them to continue to strive toward academic success. 

The following students were recognized: Moeez Ahmed, Hector Andrade Rivera, Merary Andrade Valle, Priscilla Barreto Sanmartin, Karla Chavarria Flores, Maria Chunir Carchi, Evelyn Garcia, Thalia Garcia, Ashley Hernandez, Catalina Hernandez, Sarah Herrera, Andrea Jarrin, Jennifer Lazo del Cid, Sophia Manfredi, Viviana Martinez, Esteban Montoya, Kimberly Moran Meza, Camila Pinto, Felipe Quiros, Jessica Ramos, Ebelin Reyes, Kimberly Reyes, Alexander Rojas, Diego Rojas, Keyry Sanchez, Carlos Teyul Montepeque, Eustorgio Urbano and Clint Vasquez.
 

Top Students Recognized by Johns Hopkins Program

Top Students Recognized by Johns Hopkins Program photo
The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth has nominated seven Hampton Bays Middle School students to participate in its 2018 talent search, which recognizes the academic abilities and success of high-achieving students. 

The eighth-grade students were selected after scoring high on their state assessments, as well as on the Scholastic Reading Inventory Comprehension and Scholastic Math Inventory tests. They all scored in the 95th percentile. 

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to the following nominees: Lauren Emiddio, Zachary Himelfarb, Brianna Quiros, Alexis Reeves, Sofia Solano Cruz, Liam Sutton and Dante Zangrillo.

Educational Tips – Tip 6

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This year, to further strengthen our school-community partnership, our educators are providing short informational video tips for both parents and students. Our sixth tip comes compliments of Kate Kops, Hampton Bays High School teacher #WeAreHB

Baymen Pride Fills the Stadium at Homecoming

Baymen Pride Fills the Stadium at Homecoming

A sea of purple filled the stands as Hampton Bays High School celebrated its 2018 homecoming football game under the lights on Oct. 12.

Cheers from the crowd erupted as the Baymen defended their home turf while cheerleaders entertained with their chants and stunts. Despite their hard work, however, the Baymen’s game against the Port Jefferson Royals ended in defeat.

The homecoming game followed a spirited week of activities including theme days and an annual community pep rally and bonfire.  
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Science Research Students Tour Plum Island

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Students in the Hampton Bays High School Science Research program were given a unique opportunity to visit the federal Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Oct. 5.

During their visit to the facility, which is run by the Department of Homeland Security, students learned about the foot-and-mouth disease and African swine fever that affect many animals around the globe. The full day of research discussions included a guest talk by Dr. Luis Rodriquez, research leader of the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

“It was a fantastic day for our Science Research students,” said teacher Dr. Stephanie Forsberg. “They learned from leading researchers in the field at a facility that is very close to Hampton Bays.”

Educational Tips – Tip 5

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This year, to further strengthen our school-community partnership, our educators are providing short informational video tips for both parents and students. Our fifth tip comes compliments of Angela Behr, Hampton Bays High School counselor. #WeAreHB

Exploring College Options

Hampton Bays High School juniors and seniors learned more about the college options available to them during the school’s second annual college fair, held Oct. 3.

During the fair, students spoke to college representatives about campus life, academic offerings, financial aid and the admissions process.

The event featured more than 100 colleges and universities from across the United States, as well as representatives from the U.S. military. 

Educational Tips – Tip 4

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This year, to further strengthen our school-community partnership, our educators are providing short informational video tips for both parents and students. Our second tip comes compliments of Judy Leopard, special education teacher at Hampton Bays Elementary School #WeAreHB