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Hampton Bays graduates Class of 2024

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The members of the Hampton Bays Class of 2024 received their diplomas at a traditional commencement ceremony on the evening of June 27 under a tent on the high school’s athletic field.

Several speakers took the podium during the ceremony to congratulate the class and offer advice for the future, including Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen and high school Principal Christopher Richardt. Also addressing the graduates were Class of 2024 valedictorian Emily Robinson and salutatorian Samantha Kraycar. The pair reflected on their years in the school district and wished their classmates well.

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Date Added: 7/1/2024

Hampton Bays assistant principal named Administrator of the Year

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Hampton Bays Middle School Assistant Principal Dr. Jonathan DellaSperanza was recently recognized as the Administrator of the Year by the East End Counselors Association.

DellaSperanza earned the award following a nomination by the middle school counseling department for “[his] unparalleled dedication to supporting the school counseling program, fostering academic innovation, and championing the well-being of students, staff and the counseling team.” One of his most notable contributions is his commitment to expanding opportunities for students through the creation of new elective classes. He has played a pivotal role in redesigning and recoding the master schedule, a task that requires meticulous planning, strategic thinking and a deep understanding of student needs. Through his innovative approach, DellaSperanza has optimized the scheduling process to maximize student engagement, minimize conflicts and enhance the overall efficiency of the academic program. His impact extends far beyond the confines of the school walls, shaping the lives of students and staff alike and leaving a legacy of excellence.

Prior to serving as the assistant principal of Hampton Bays Middle School, DellaSperanza was a first-grade special education teacher in the district, followed by five years as the K-4 STEAM educator. He earned his master's degree and Doctor of Education from St. John's University.

Date Added: 7/1/2024

A walk to remember

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Members of Hampton Bays High School’s Class of 2024 visited Hampton Bays Middle and Elementary schools for a final farewell in the form of a traditional graduation walkthrough on June 21. Adorning graduation gowns, the seniors walked the halls one last time as the schools’ students and staff cheered, clapped and shouted words of congratulations.

Date Added: 6/27/2024

Fifth Hampton Bays athlete commits to college

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A fifth Hampton Bays High School senior has committed to continuing athletics in college. Allie O’Brien, who was celebrated at a ceremony on June 20, will be attending Marist College in the fall as a pole vaulter on their track team. She will be studying secondary and special education. 

O’Brien joins Emma Halsey, Isaiah Lattanzio, Matthew Papajohn and Joffre Proano, who previously committed to athletics in college.

The Hampton Bays School District congratulates O’Brien on her commitment.

Date Added: 6/26/2024

Hampton Bays students accepted to BNL Summer Prep program

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Hampton Bays High School freshmen Sebastian Martinez and Sophia Reyes have been accepted into Brookhaven National Laboratory’s STEM-Prep Summer Institute.

To gain entrance into the program, the students were required to submit an online application, provide a teacher recommendation and participate in an interview.

As part of the three-week program, Martinez and Reyes will participate in hands-on lessons related to physics, biology, chemistry, environmental science and scientific computing. The classes will be taught by experienced educators at BNL. The students will also have the opportunity to meet scientific and technical staff to learn about careers in the STEM fields.

Date Added: 6/26/2024