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All things STEM

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Hampton Bays Elementary School students and their families recently enjoyed an annual STEAM Night that featured 12 interactive stations where students learned more about circuits, coding, pixel art and more. Students also had the chance to meet members of the high school robotics team and learn about the robot they had constructed for competition.

Date Added: 4/12/2024

An educational eclipse

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Hampton Bays Elementary School students not only had the opportunity to view the solar eclipse on April 8, but also engaged in a variety of learning activities surrounding the celestial event. To prepare for the occasion, they made solar eclipse shields for their viewing glasses to sit in. They also watched videos, read books, created chalk art and sequenced the steps of a solar eclipse.

Date Added: 4/11/2024

In the mood for music

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Hampton Bays Elementary School students were treated to a special assembly with the musical group the Cecilia Trio. The group, comprised of a violinist, a hornist and a pianist, performed for the students and taught them about the moods of music and how musicians create them.

Date Added: 4/8/2024

Hampton Bays music program recognized

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For the fifth year in a row, the Hampton Bays School District has been honored with a Best Communities for Music Education designation from the nonprofit NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The district is one of 527 school districts from across the nation to earn the award.

To receive the recognition, Hampton Bays demonstrated outstanding achievement in its efforts to provide music access and education to all students. The district was required to answer detailed questions about its program, including funding, music class participation, instruction time and support.

Date Added: 4/3/2024

Flag flies for Salvatore Traversa

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In its mission to take history out of the textbooks by honoring local veterans, the Hampton Bays School District paid tribute to Salvatore Traversa during a ceremony on March 22.

As part of the ceremony, held at Hampton Bays Elementary School, middle school students Jeremih Byrd, Maya Ollennu and Daniela Roman read Traversa’s biography, Lily Schultheis read her winning Patriot Pen essay, and the members of the Hampton Bays Middle School Drama Club performed “Be Our Guest” from their recent performance of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The ceremony culminated with a flag raising in Traversa’s honor.

Traversa is a proud United States Marine Corps veteran who served from 1973-1976. During his tenure in the Marines, he was a a field radio operator while assigned to both India and Mike Batteries, 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. The Marine Corps also kept him busy with field assignments in Venezuela (with a stopover in Cuba), Puerto Rico, jungle training in Panama, and orders for a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea. He served on an aircraft carrier and practiced amphibious landings on both a landing ship tank and landing ship dock.

Following his honorable discharge, Traversa returned home to work for the United States Postal Service and retired after 31 years in 2008. Since his retirement, he has made tremendous contributions to the Hampton Bays community. He volunteers as a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Rosalie’s Church, works in the parish food pantry, is a member of the Committee for the Common Good, is a third-degree knight in the Knights of Columbus and has donated blood over 100 times. In addition, he works at R.J. O’Shea Funeral Home, where his care and compassion are a great support to grieving families. As a member of the American Legion Post 924, he serves as the post chaplain and a member of the color guard, performing in many town and school functions. In his off time, he is an avid fisherman and clammer.

To read Traversa’s full bio, visit

Date Added: 4/2/2024