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Educator Named Elementary Teacher of the Year

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The Hampton Bays School District is pleased to announce that fourth-grade teacher Amy McNamera has been selected as a New York State VFW Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Ms. McNamera is one of three exceptional teachers from across the state to receive the recognition for her commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to students.

In her role as a teacher and grade-level coordinator in Hampton Bays, Ms. McNamera has been instrumental in the Hampton Bays School District’s monthly veterans’ recognition ceremonies. During the living classroom ceremonies, a local veteran is honored with students performing and reading the bio of the veteran being honored.

“I nominated Amy because of her leadership with our kids and veterans. She is a representation of a teacher-leader by bringing the textbook to life,” said Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen.

Ms. McNamera said she is honored to accept the award and she is proud to be a teacher. She has been teaching since 1996, first at Blessed Sacrament in Charleston, South Carolina, then in South Huntington and at Hampton Bays Elementary School since 1999.

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to Amy McNamera.

Students take the Fit Club Challenge

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On May 8, Hampton Bays Elementary and Middle School students competed in the 2017 NYSAHPERD-Suffolk Zone Fit Club Challenge at Lincoln Elementary School in Sayville.  

During the event, the 24 fourth- and fifth-graders, chaperoned by physical education teachers Tracey Carey, John Foster and Jeanne Polan, competed against students from 12 Suffolk County elementary schools. The students took on individual and team challenges including those related to muscular and cardiovascular strength and endurance activities, such as jump roping, tire flips, box jumps and sit-ups.

The goal of the Suffolk Zone Fit Club Challenge is to empower students with skills, tools, training and confidence to lead healthier lifestyles in a supportive, fun environment.  

A Farm Trip

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Hampton Bays Elementary School first-graders recently visited the Suffolk County Farm and Educational Center in Yaphank. During the hands-on field trip, the students learned about the animals that reside of the farm. In addition to feeding and touching the animals, students took a tractor ride, tried their hand at milking a wooden cow and gained insight into the roles insects play on the farm.

In the Zone!

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As a result of displaying outstanding leadership and character in physical education classes, four students in the Hampton Bays School District were recently recognized with awards from the Suffolk Zone of the New York Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Hampton Bays Middle School eighth-graders, Tara Brochu and David Catena, and Hampton Bays Elementary School fifth-graders, Julianne Palmieri and Noah Hafemeister, earned their awards based upon recommendations from their physical education teachers. #engageHB

Hampton Bays Budget Passes

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Thank you to all residents who participated in the 2017-18 budget vote and trustee election. Proposition No. 1, the School District Budget, passed by a vote of 713 to 237. Proposition No. 2, Repairs and/or Upgrades to School District Grounds and Facilities, passed by a vote of 740 to 209 Proposition No. 3, Authorization to Replace the High School roof, passed by a vote of 713 to 232.

In addition to voting on the budget, residents cast their ballots for one seats on the Board of Education. Dot Capuano was reelected. The trustee vote was as follows:

Dot Capuano ¬– 853

Student Council Goes Airborne

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The Hampton Bays Middle School Student Council is giving back to the community by sponsoring the Airborne Tri-Team in its July 5K race. Funds raised through the run, help returning veterans re-acclimate back into society through friendship and physical activity.

The students raised the sponsorship funds, through several fundraisers, including the school’s annual Harvest games, a badminton tournament, during spirit week and class night.  

The council celebrated its success with a luncheon on May 9 in which members of the Airborne TriTeam were present.


Posters with Purpose

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Three Hampton Bays Elementary School third-graders have been recognized with honorable mention awards in the 2017-18 CAPS Bully Prevention Poster Contest. Their artwork was selected for the honor from a field of 600 entries from over 15 schools. The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to student-artists Adriana Tapfer, Shea Egan and Taylor Meyers.

A Fidgety Science Lesson

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In an effort to embrace the fidget spinner craze, Hampton Bays Middle School science teacher Scott Garofola recently engaged his students in a lesson surrounding the science behind this popular toy. As part of the activity, fifth-grade students worked in groups to record the weight, dimensions, and materials of a fidget spinner, as well as conduct spinning trials. The students then graphed and compared and analyzed their data with their peers.      #engageHB

Cleaning the Community

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The Hampton Bays Middle School participated in the Southampton Town Great East End Cleanup on April 22.
Despite the cold and rain, more than 50 students and staff collected over 25 bags of garbage and litter surrounding the Ponquogue Beach.

The middle school cleanup was organized by social studies teacher Rich Doulos and school counselor Laurie O’Halloran and promoted the middle school’s goal to encourage students to become engaged in community service activities.

Members of the high school’s varsity softball team also participated in the Great East End Cleanup. #engageHB

Science Research Students Present at Annual Symposium

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Hampton Bays High School Science Research students presented their scientific findings at the school’s fourth annual Science Research Symposium on April 27.

The 16 students, who are all enrolled in the high school Science Research program spent, in some cases, between three and four years working on their research projects. Topics included diabetic retinopathy, fish cognition and behavior, cancer resistance in elephants and genetically-modified foods.

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to the following student presenters: Freshmen: Lily Candelaria, Elisabeth Daniels, Sky McMorris and Riley Stotzky. Sophomores: Ava Bianchi, Mecca Brooks, Christina Coulton, Maryrose O’Connell, Domenico Pensa III and Jared Strecker. Juniors: Sydney Caldwell, Meghan Long and Caroline Oakland. Seniors: Kaylee Catena, Alexandra Macholz and Erin Murphy.

K-Kids Score for Ronald McDonald House

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Members of the elementary school K-Kids community service club, recently held a kickball fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House. Through the pay-to-play kick-ball fundraiser, the students raised more than $200 for the organization.

Helping the Planet

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To celebrate Earth Day, first-graders in Janis Poremba’s class designed multimedia pictures depicting how they can do their part to help the planet. The students worked on the project after reading “The Wump World,” “The Lorax” and “The Giving Tree.” Also as part of the lesson, the students discussed each story and how they relate to Earth Day.

Intergenerational Project Brings Students and Seniors Together

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As part of an intergenerational project, fourth-graders in Ms. Amy McNamera’s class are learning about the lives of senior citizens who participate in programs at the Hampton Bays Senior Center.

For the project, students in groups took time to interview the seniors, asking questions about their childhood, their schooling and adult life during three interviewing sessions. They will then write reports on the seniors they interviewed and present them at the senior center in the near future.   

The project is just one of many that students work on throughout the year that tie them to their community and its residents.

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!

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.

Suffolk Community College ECP Summer 2017 Course List and Application

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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