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Hampton Bays’ Virtual Enterprise program soars

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Hampton Bays High School’s new Virtual Enterprise program has already made significant strides. For the first time ever, VE students competed in the championship round of the VE International Business Plan Competition.

Students Chris Clinton, Victoria Madison and Max Reilly advanced to the competition following previous rounds where they presented their virtual business plan. Their business focuses on selling carbon-filter straws with flavor pod inserts, which are used to filter tap water while adding exciting flavors to provide a low-cost solution to millions of Americans who lack access to safe, clean drinking water. The students also created a prototype for their product using a 3D printer and recycled plastic.

“They did an unbelievable job with their business plan and presentation,” said VE teacher Frank Verdone. “I was so impressed by their creativity, professionalism and entrepreneurial mindsets.”

Now in its second year, the student-centered and -led VE class introduces high schoolers to the world of business and provides them with the opportunity to create a virtual business from the ground up. They start with an idea, develop a business plan, and eventually build the business and manage its daily operations. The program also takes them beyond their own schools as they interact with other VE firms and students across the world and participate in VE competitions.

“It’s an incredible way to introduce students to the world of business and get a feel for what it would be like to be an entrepreneur,” said Verdone.

Students also attend VE trade shows, including the International Trade Show at the Javitz Center and the Long Island Trade Show at the LIU, where they set up booths to showcase their products and businesses while interacting with VE students from other schools. In addition, they attended the Winning Women Leadership Conference at the Mastercard Tech Hub. Students Natali Baculima, Natalie Castano and Victoria Madison were selected to attend the conference and heard from successful female business leaders across various industries.

“The Winning Women Conference allowed me to connect and collaborate with so many other girls who have similar dreams,” said VE student Victoria Madison. “It was a really fulfilling experience that helped me to further my knowledge of business and I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to go.”

Date Added: 3/1/2024

Hampton Bays administrator awarded scholarship by NYS superintendents association

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Michael T. Carlson, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at the Hampton Bays School District, will be awarded the Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship from the New York State Council of School Superintendents at the council’s annual Winter Leadership Summit in Albany in March. Carlson was nominated for the award by Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen.

“This award is a tremendous honor,” Carlson said. “I extend my appreciation to NYSCOSS, Mr. Clemensen, and LIU professor Dr. Tonie McDonald for their continued support. Receiving this award has provided me the chance to reflect and acknowledge the incredible opportunity that I have had to work within the Hampton Bays community, alongside a board of education, a leadership team, faculty and staff that never underestimates the positive impact that they can have on a child or family.”

The Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually by NYSCOSS in recognition of professional and academic credentials and the desire to serve in the field of educational administration.

“Through his commitment to equity, career pathways to graduation and high-quality instruction, [Carlson] personifies a transformational leader,” said Clemensen.

Carlson, of Wading River, has been in his current role at Hampton Bays for the past five years. After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from SUNY Geneseo, he spent a year teaching in Midland, Texas, before returning to Long Island, where he served for 12 years as a high school and middle school mathematics teacher for the Port Jefferson School District. He went on to earn a master’s degree in liberal studies, as well as his school administration certification, from Stony Brook University. In 2009, Carlson joined the Hampton Bays School District as an assistant principal at the middle school and then served as the principal of East Moriches Middle School from 2013-2019. During his tenure as a middle school principal, he enrolled at the College of Saint Rose, where he completed his New York State School District Business Leader certification.

Carlson is currently pursuing a doctorate in transformational leadership from Long Island University and serves as an adjunct professor for the Center for Integrated Teacher Education in partnership with the College of Saint Rose, where he teaches aspiring administrators about school finance. His initial research within the doctoral program at LIU has involved studying the correlation between social economic status and academic achievement as well as identifying effective strategies to increase parental involvement in order to help mediate the impact that low socioeconomic status has on student success.

In addition to his NYSCOSS award, Carlson previously earned a SCOPE Administrator Service Award, had served as a New York Educator Voice Fellow, and was named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

Date Added: 2/22/2024

Learning about presidents

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Hampton Bays Elementary School fourth grade students celebrated Presidents Day by learning about the 46 presidents of the United States. Working in pairs, they selected a president to research and share what they learned with classmates through a poster presentation.

Date Added: 2/21/2024

Learning about presidents

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Hampton Bays Elementary School fourth grade students celebrated Presidents Day by learning about the 46 presidents of the United States. Working in pairs, they selected a president to research and share what they learned with classmates through a poster presentation.

Date Added: 2/20/2024

Predicting the Super Bowl

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Erin McDermott’s second grade students at Hampton Bays Elementary School spent time predicting who they thought would win the Super Bowl — the Chiefs or the 49ers. After casting their vote, they collected the data and created a tally chart and bar graph. They analyzed the data and observed that their class was evenly split.

Date Added: 2/14/2024