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Hampton Bays is Kind!


Find out how Hampton Bays students display kindness in school in this short video.

Students Learn Financial Literacy

Students Learn Financial Literacy photo
Hampton Bays Elementary School second graders recently participated in a financial literacy program sponsored by People’s United Bank in partnership with the Junior Achievement program. The students learned about the people and businesses that make up a community, how goods and services are produced in a community, and some of the different jobs that are held by members of the community.    

Tri-M Induction Ceremony

Tri-M Induction Ceremony photo
Hampton Bays Middle School inducted 21 seventh and eighth grade students into its newly formed Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter at a ceremony on April 3. 

To earn the honor, the students were required to maintain a grade point average of 85 or above in all their classes and a 90 average in all music classes, perform 15 hours of community service and attend various music-related events throughout the school year.   

The Hampton Bays School District congratulates the newest Tri-M members: Allison Booth, Isabelle Caine, Patrick Collins, Nicole Desjardins, Raphael Dominguez, Lauren Emiddio, Zoey Engeldrum, April Feliciano, Dylan Foley, Madelyn Helfand, Zachary Himelfarb, Charlie Kolb, Samantha Kraycar, Nellie Nicolova, Rieve Nydegger, Katelyn Pennacchia, Christian Pensa, Michael Poremba, Emily Robinson, Maya Sanabria and Sofia Solano Cruz.

Science Research Students Present at Annual Symposium

Science Research Students Present at Annual Symposium photo
Hampton Bays High School Science Research students presented their scientific findings at the school’s fifth annual Science Research Symposium on April 17. 

The 21 students, who are all enrolled in the high school’s Science Research program, spent as many as four years working on their research projects. Topics included the alpha-gal allergy, immune systems, malignant mesothelioma, the flu, coronary artery disease and cognitive skills.

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to the following student presenters: freshmen Aliyah Cukaj, Kristina George, Ryan Hughes, Evan Kuffner, Sofia Lauther and Lily Simpson-Heavey; sophomores David Catena, Tara Lauther, Shaina Pierce, Dulce Pina, Katerina Reich and Saorla Scully; juniors Lily Candelaria, Elisabeth Daniels, Skye McMorris and Riley Stotzky; and seniors Ava Bianchi, Mecca Brook, Christina Coultron, Maryrose O’Connell and Jared Strecker. 


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Sharing a Love of Reading

Sharing a Love of Reading photo
To foster a love of reading among students, Hampton Bays Middle School held its first book exchange on April 8, where students brought in books to swap with their peers. “It was wonderful seeing the love of literature being shared,” said teacher Kathy Algieri.  

A Way with Words

Hampton Bays School District students displayed their talents at the 2019 New England School Scrabble Championship, held in Ridgefield, Connecticut, on April 6-7. 

Competing were 10th grader Holly Anderson, seventh graders John Hilbert and Matt Papajohn, eighth grader Christian Pensa, and fifth graders James Maroulas and Sonny Scelfo. They were joined by homeschooled student Taylor Tureski. 

Together, Papajohn and Pensa outplayed their opponents, finishing second in the intermediate division. They will next compete at the 2019 North American School Scrabble Championship in Philadelphia on April 27-28. 

Additionally, Maroulas and Scelfo earned second place in the novice division and took home the high play novice division award with 41 points.  

The district extends its congratulations to the team for a job well-done. 


Middle School Awarded ‘Slow Food’ Grant

Hampton Bays Middle School’s community garden program has been awarded a $1,000 grant from Slow Foods East End and the Josh Levine Foundation.

“This is such good news,” said teacher Joan Moran, who oversees the community garden with fellow teacher John Foster. 

The grant funding will allow the school to make repairs to the garden and the greenhouse, which are located on middle school grounds. The money has not yet been earmarked for these items. 

“We are beginning to clean out the garden for the planting season and are assessing our needs,” Moran said. 

Now in its ninth year, the community garden features 21 beds that are utilized by the middle school and elementary school classes, as well as community members. The garden’s produce is used in the schools and also donated to area food pantries.    

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Hampton Bays Inducts 22 Into National Junior Honor Society

Hampton Bays Inducts 22 Into National Junior Honor Society photo
During a candlelighting ceremony on March 28, 22 eighth-grade students at Hampton Bays Middle School were inducted into the 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 chapter adviser Jessica Sears. “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 its congratulations to the following inductees: Elijah Amos, Deykel Berrocal, Isabelle Caine, Sophia Corredor, Christian Cruz, Lauren Emiddio, Zoey Engeldrum, April Feliciano, Zachary Himelfarb, Kenneth Lainez, William Mendel, Max Mielenhausen, Jamison Moore, Aidan O'Brien, Lillian Patek, Christian Pensa, Amy Prado, Brianna Quiros, Sofia Solano Cruz, Liam Sutton, Haley Weissbard and Dante Zangrillo.


Science Students Present Work at Plum Island

Science Students Present Work at Plum Island photo
Two Hampton Bays High School science research students had the unique opportunity to present their research at Plum Island’s first STEM Student Forum on March 27. 

Riley Stotzky, a junior, and senior Ava Bianchi were among a selection of students from across Long Island who exhibited their work to leading researchers at Plum Island. Stotzky explored influenza for her project, while Bianchi analyzed alpha-gal syndrome.  

“This was a great event,” said science research teacher Dr. Stephanie Forsberg. “Our students represented Hampton Bays well and helped highlight our research program with the top epidemiologists and scientists in the nation.” 

Animal House

Animal House
Hampton Bays Elementary School kindergartners learned more about the animals that live at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge with an in-school visit on March 28. During the event, Tony Valderrama, an environmental educator with the refuge, introduced students to several animal species, including a corn snake, a bearded dragon, a chinchilla and an owl, and taught them about their habitats, prey and life cycles. 

Inspirational Author Visit

Hampton Bays Elementary School students listened intently as acclaimed author and illustrator Patricia Polacco addressed them during a special assembly on March 17. 

“You are all gifts,” Polacco told the students as she spoke about her family heritage and showed them her “keeping quilt,” the subject of one of her 115 books. She also read from a selection of her books and provided an opportunity for students to ask questions. The students were eager to ask about her life, her children and how she became an author.  

Prior to Polacco’s visit, students took part in an author study where they learned more about the prolific author and her writing style. They also wrote their own pieces to share with her. 

Polacco ended the session by telling students to “go out and change the world,” and gave them each an opportunity to touch a meteor fragment that had landed on her family’s farm. 

Hampton Bays Names 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Many years of an impressive and outstanding commitment to academics have paid off for Hampton Bays High School seniors and best friends Christina Coulton and Ava Bianchi, who have been named the Class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

Coulton has had numerous academic accomplishments throughout her high school career, including earning AP Scholar recognition and the Suffolk Zone Leadership Award. She is also a member of her school’s National Honor Society, Key Club, jazz band and Leo’s Club and serves as president of the Interact Club. On the athletic front, she is a member of the lacrosse and winter and spring track teams, as well as captain of the cross-country team. 

Although still finalizing her college selection, Coulton intends to study engineering this fall. 

Bianchi is also a dedicated scholar and an active participant in school activities. She has shone academically as an AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society, and she is a member of the varsity cheerleading team, earning an Academic All-County award for the sport. She is also on the mock trial team and serves as a majorette in the school’s band. In addition, she participates in the school’s annual play and in community theater productions on Long Island.      

While she too has not decided on which college to attend, Bianchi plans to earn a degree in musical theater with a minor in Spanish, and possibly double-major in communications.  

Both students are active in their school’s science research program. 


County Essay Winner

County Essay Winner photo
Hampton Bays Middle School is pleased to announce that seventh-grader Emily Barnes placed first at the county level of the National VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. She was honored at a ceremony on Feb. 26 at the Tordik-Diedrich-Duffield VFW Post 4927 in Centereach.  

Barnes received multiple proclamations during the event for her 400-word essay that was themed, “What Makes America Great.” 

Eighth-grader Elijah Amos and seventh-grader Marilyn Ramos were recognized earlier this year for being named local contest winners.

The annual VFW essay contest aims to encourage young minds to examine America’s history. More than 132,000 students across the United States pen essays for the contest each year.   

A Lucky Day for Kindergartners

A Lucky Day for Kindergartners

Hampton Bays Elementary School kindergartners were on a mission on March 15 to catch a little green guy with lots of gold. The students each worked to use their mechanical skills and imaginations to construct colorful and elaborate leprechaun traps that were set in their classrooms. The traps all included gold “bait” and mechanisms to catch the little bearded man, who left green glitter throughout many of the students classrooms, taunting the children to catch him.


Special Olympics - Volunteers Requested

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On Sunday June 9th, 2019, 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. If you have any volunteer questions please e-mail John Foster- THANK YOU for lending a helping hand to a great event!