Selected Articles From The "Our Schools" Community Newsletter
Bay Shore Schools... The Future Begins Here
Articles from February, 2011 “Our Schools” publication
Articles from June, 2010 “Our Schools” publication
From the May 2010 “Our Schools” Publication
Articles from February, 2011 “Our Schools” publication
SENIORS SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT
Congratulations to Kayla Arnold on signing a letter of intent to play lacrosse
for Fairfield University's Stags this fall.
Caption: Kayla sitting with parents Gary and Dianne; standing (l to r:)
Principal Rob Pashkin, Coach Allison Pfeffer, HPEA Director Claude Kasman and
Guidance Counselor Lonny Dugger
BAY SHORE SENIORS SIGN LETTERS OF
Congratulations to Catherine Schmidt who recently signed on to play lacrosse for
the Davison Wildcats next fall.
Caption: Catherine is sitting between parents Tom and Susan; standing (l to r:)
HPEA Director Claude Kasman, Coach Allison Pfeffer, Principal Rob Pashkin and
HPEA Assistant Director Judy Cummings.
BAY SHORE SENIORS SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT
Kudos to Chelsea Cook who will be playing
lacrosse for the Denver Pioneers in September.
Caption: Chelsea Cook with parents Denine and
Bill; standing (l to r:) HPEA Director Claude Kasman, Principal Rob Pashkin,
Coach Allison Pfeffer, and HPEA Assistant Director Judy Cummings
Members of Bay Shore High School Crew
participated in an off-season event, Floating the Apple, in the Hudson River
Braving the cold temperatures, the team competed
against groups from the tri-state area and beyond alongside the USS Intrepid.
With the encouragement of topside museum visitors and supportive parents, the
rowing team enjoyed a novel experience and the chance to "pull together" in the
pre-season. Thanks to Coach Bill Blackman for this special opportunity to row in
handmade wooden "Viking boats," akin to traditional whitehall gig boats used as
launches for the great sailing ships of the 19th Century.
Selected Articles from June, 2010 "Our Schools" publication
Life Savers – Jon Michel &
Nominated by Bay Shore High School nurse Karen Heller, Jon Michel and Sarah
Stein were recipients of the Louis Acompora Heartsaver Award at The American
Heart Association’s Annual Awards Dinner.
Both Jon and Sarah administered CPR and prepared the AED located on a nearby
wall to revive a senior citizen who lost consciousness at The Service Honor
Society’s Senior Citizen Spring Fling.
Calmly and quickly these two students who are E.M.S. volunteers took the
oppropriate measures and saved the gentleman’s life.
Their humility regarding this outstanding effort is as admirable as is their
training and emergency response. In addition to the aforementioned award, the
Board of Education recognized these extraordinary students at a recent public
meeting. A spontaneous standing ovation touched the hearts of all present. The
Town of Islip will also be honoring Jon and Sarah with a proclamation at its
next meeting in July.
Hall of Fame for Softball
“Coach Jim McGowan’s legacy is beyond more than wins and championships.” So
begins Jason Molinet’s Long Island Sports Figures of the Decade article in Long
Island Pulse magazine. Designating McGowan as one of the most significant
figures on the Long Island sports scene, the reporter goes on to say, “With
former players now becoming coaches themselves, his influence will live on.”
McGowan’s team record speaks volumes for the recent Hall of Fame Inductee: 6
State Championships; * highlighted back-to-back titles; a record 54 consecutive
wins from 1994-95; 11 Suffolk and 9 Long Island titles, producing 46 All-State
players in 27 seasons. The “winningest” softball coach in New York State history
with 609 victories says, “Practice makes perfect.” The team motto is, “ Practice
Like a Champion, Play Like a Champion, Live Like a Champion,” a phrase that is
embodied by the girls and their coach.
* The Lady Marauders Softball team won the NYS Championship on June 12, 2010.
Article to follow in July issue.
“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man
live so that his place will be proud of him.”
This quote from our 16th President Abraham Lincoln is so appropriate for the
recipients of the 10th Annual Bay Shore-Brightwaters Distinguished Citizen Award
sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.
Bob and Priscilla Hancock are among the 134 charter members of the Bay Shore
Historical Society that was founded 25 years ago in 1985. They are dedicated
volunteers who have devoted their time and talent to myriad Society projects.
Priscilla is the representative to the Chamber of Commerce, The Summit Council,
and served on the Committee to Save Sagtikos Manor. Her Historic Bay Shore, a
chronology with remarkable photographs was distributed by the Bay Shore School
District at the 2008 Annual Summit celebrating our town’s Tricentenial. For her
many outstanding efforts, Mrs. Hancock was recognized with the Peter Fox Cohalan
History Award for Preservation and Restoration in 2009 and the Women’s History
Award for Distinguished Service in 2002. Bob is the current Society President
dedicated to his ongoing project preserving the organization’s archival
information onto discs. He was instrumental in transforming the basement of the
Gibson-Mack Holt House, Society headquarters, dividing it into rooms, installing
cabinets, framing 200 photos and displaying 100 of them.
Working together, this energetic couple has presented exhibits, slideshows and
conducted Historic Bus Tours in our community. Partnering with Bay Shore High
School multimedia student Rachel Brightman, they created an extraordinary DVD,
“Bay Shore of Yesteryear” sharing 140 scenes of our hometown. Together the
Hancocks have encouraged the community to learn about its impressive historical
heritage. Their leadership, generosity of spirit, commitment to excellence and
advocacy for Bay Shore is an inspiration to us all. A grateful community thanks
and salutes Bob and Priscilla for all of their selfless dedication to the town
we affectionately call home.
Left to right are: Town Councilman Steve Flotteron, Priscilla and Bob Hancock,
Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan, and Chamber President Donna Periconi
From the May 2010 “Our Schools” Publication
High School Law Day a Great Success
Ever wonder who is responsible if a child is injured by an out of control Dora
balloon, shattering the glass on a lightpost during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
parade? What if the child was injured while she was on the wrong side of the
police barricade? This case and other negligence cases were tried by Bay Shore
High School students in the annual Law Day mock trial competition.
Twenty-eight teams of three students each performed their roles as lawyers and
witnesses before attorneys from Bay Shore, Brightwaters and neighboring
communities. The attorneys served as judges for the competition and mentors as
they gave the students advice on proper trial techniques, the rules of evidence,
and how to better frame their arguments to become more forceful advocates.
Students Matthew McCarthy, Andrew Cohen and Stephen Griswold earned first place
honors. In a close second place was the team of Kelly Reilly, Catherine Schmidt
and Peter Wojcik. The third place team consisted of Andrew Velez, Benjamin
Schuman and Andrew Killeen. For the first time a ninth grade team made the
finals. This was the fourth place team of Imani Seymour, Sara Chisti and Sarah
Serving as judges for the competition were local attorneys Andrew Arcuri, Esq.,
Steven Askinas, Esq., Anthony Gallo, Esq., Ellen Kluepfel, Esq., John Lawlor,
Esq., Christopher Litrel, Esq., Laurette Mulry, Esq., Claude Ramsey, Esq., Carl
Rosner, Esq., Nick Santomartino, Esq., Kimberly Summers, Esq., and Robert
Torres, Esq. The Bay Shore School District Social Studies Director Joseph Nardi,
and high school Mock Trial Coach John Selzer also served as judges.
Law Day is organized by the Social Studies Department as part of its law program
by teacher and former practicing attorney Jeanne-Marie Marziliano with the
assistance of Director Joseph Nardi. The next “day in court” will be April 28,
Caption: Attorney judges: Claude Ramsey, Esq. Ellen Kluepfel, Esq. and John
Lawlor, Esq. First and second place teams: Stephen Griswold, Kelly Reilly,
Andrew Cohen, Matthew McCarthy, Catherine Schmidt and Peter Wojcik
Ready All, Row: “Marauders on the Water”
Shore Rowing Team, coached by Bill Blackman (Boys’ Crew) and Bruce Meirowitz
(Girls’ Crew) captured 1st place trophy in the Eastern New York State
Championship Regatta in Newburgh, New York for the second consecutive year.
Crew, now in its 13th year at Bay Shore, carries a roster of 52
athletes who continue to demonstrate commitment to personal improvement in the
sport as they maintain high academic standards.
Bay Shore High School is one of only three Suffolk County public schools to
participate in a sport that is almost exclusively a private school activity. The
Marauders have experienced a great deal of success against all competitors.
At the Long Island Championships the Boys’ JV8 boat captured 1st place, Boys’
Novice 8 garnered 2nd place, and the Girls’ JV4 won 3rd place. On the heels of
that victory, the same three boats qualified for the finals ultimately placing
5th, 2nd and 4th at the New York State Championship Regatta in Saratoga.
Thanks to the support of the Board of Education, our rowers have the opportunity
to engage in a unique sport on the water that is the special resource of Long
Forty-seven Bay Shore Middle School students in Mr. Lane’s Latin classes
returned victorious from the 20th Annual National Mythology Exam. This exam,
sponsored by the American Classical League, tested knowledge about Greek and
Roman classical myths, as well as Virgil’s classic work, The Aeneid. Seventh
and eighth graders joined over 10,000 students from the US, Canada and Australia
competing for gold, silver and bronze medallions. Nationally, 41% of
participants received awards, but in Bay Shore, 59% of our students won. That is
an impressive statistic.
Congratulations to Mr. Lane and his 47 award-winning Latin scholars: “Veni, vedi,
vici,” or to paraphrase - they came, they saw, they conquered!
Soaring with Eagles
Congratulations to Bay Shore High School senior
Joseph A. McNulty IV on receiving the Eagle Award, the highest award the Boy
Scouts of America can confer. With over eight years as a scout, Joseph acquired
many skills that he said “will help me in many ways as I continue through my
life.” Grateful for the help and support of the scout masters, the troop
members, and parents of Troop #153, Eagle Scout McNulty references his family’s
motto, “Hard work pays off,” as he thanks and recognizes his parents as his
Breast Cancer Brunch
for a Cure
The Ninth Annual Breast Cancer Brunch for a Cure, organized by Bay Shore
High School juniors Mauricio
Espinal and Chelsea Cook, with able assistance from Jessica Fornieri and Kayla
Arnold, was another successful and moving event for all attendees. Bay Shore
Teacher and Varsity Football Coach Jim Giattino was the powerful keynote speaker
relating his family’s personal tale dealing with his wife’s successful and
heroic battle with breast cancer. Valuable educational information and medical
research updates were shared through a PowerPoint presentation by local surgeon
Dr. Bradley Cohen. A tasty brunch was provided through the generosity of local
restaurants and served by high school volunteers. All proceeds benefit breast
National Honor Society
Congratulations to the following outstanding Bay Shore High School
students who were recently inducted in the National Honor Society: Connor Duddy,
Casey Hawkins, Amanda Coyle, Kelly Reilly, Luke Taylor, Victoria Novak, Jessica
Fornieri, Paul Kalis and Brenda Estrada-Manche.
Scholarship, service and leadership, along with letters of character
recommendation, are prerequisites for acceptance into this prestigious national
FOCUSing on Success
The Bay Shore Guidance Department’s “F.O.C.U.S. Program” (Focus on College and
Career Understanding for Success) has been selected for inclusion in The
American School Board Journal MAGNA Best Practices Database. It is one of only
83 highly-scored programs selected for special recognition from over 300
nominations. It will be available for five years online at HYPERLINK "http://www.usbj.com/magna"
Congratulations to Director Louis Balsamo and the dedicated guidance counselors
of our district who provide such noteworthy services to our students and now to
other districts as well when they visit the ASBJ website.
By: Advisor Matt Fimbel
The Bay Shore High School Robotics Team has had an extraordinary year this
year. The Mechanical Marauders are part of the FIRST (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Program. FIRST strives to
inspire students in the field of science and technology. Working with real
world engineering mentors, students learn about the world of engineering. In
January, the team attended the official FIRST 2010 Season Kickoff at Stony
Brook University. There,
the game for the year was announced for the first time. This year’s game,
Breakaway, was essentially a soccer game, where robots compete in teams of three
on a field with four goals and twelve soccer balls. The field also has large
bumps dividing it into three sections. From the moment the game is announced,
students and engineers start brainstorming design ideas and immediately get to
work on construction. FIRST only allows six weeks for the robot to be designed,
built, and tested. During this time, students spend a lot of hours working on
the construction of the robot under the supervision of engineering mentors.
Caption: From left to right top: Pete Burke (Mentor), Mike LaRose (Alum), Sam
Clark, Brian Bianca, Geoffrey Rohberger, Max Goldsmith, Dan Chalifoux, Sullivan
Chen (Mentor), Arthur Angst, John Casey, Jon Civardi, Zach Viola, Joe Perullo
(Mentor), Mike Craddock (Mentor); middle: Morgan Varone, Sam Griswold, Alex
Angst, Rich Varone (Mentor), Matt Fimbel (Faculty Advisor), Christa Varone
(Mentor); front: Scott Audette, Chip Kavanagh, Robotics Team 271 Family Members
**Not Pictured: Bill Claiborne (Faculty Advisor)
An Apple for the
Teachers (and Students)
Apple Computer recently selected Bay Shore High School as an Apple Exemplary
Program joining only 38 schools nationwide. This exemplary designation is
reserved for educational programs that are model implementations of Apple
products and solutions.
Bay Shore High Schools’ Music Theory and Multimedia programs taught by Mr. Ted
Scalzo and Mr. Ed Schaefer illustrate “best practice” qualities of a 21st
century learning environment. Our students and teachers have leveraged the
creative power of the Mac to create digital stories and informational videos
that have engendered community-wide pride through their podcasts and Annual
caption: Dr. Holman (center) surrounded by Music and Multimedia students; Board
of Education President Jerry G. Berka;administrators Gary Lamm, Terry Nigrelli;
teachers Ted Scalzo, Ed Schaefer; and Apple representatives Larry Lester, Trish
Penney-Kreitzman and Vincent Labozzetta
Hoop Dreams: Bay Shore Grad,
Bryant Lassiter By: Mike Cohen
After completing his collegiate basketball career at New York Tech, Bryant
“Mookie” Lassiter, Class of ’05, took a major step toward big-time basketball
when he signed with the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters as a member of the
taxi squad. In that role, he went on tour with the team for a couple of weeks
and then came home, essentially a part-time player with them.
Shortly thereafter, he signed with a professional team, Atleticos De San German,
a member of the BSN, the strongest Puerto Rican league. With a smattering of NBA
players, Bryant expects a “great experience,” on the basis of the league’s
faster-paced, physical style of play.
Mr. Lassiter credits BSHS for providing him with a strong foundation for his new
career. In particular, he cites Head Coach Ken Parham and Assistant Coach Robert
Pashkin, now BSHS Principal, with getting him to where he is today. In his
words, “Coach Parham and Coach Pashkin helped me to mature and to achieve goals
that some people doubted that I would attain.” In addition, he offers praise for
“the teachers in the school who supported me and helped me get into college and
saw the potential I had to become even greater academically as well as
athletically. If it weren’t for the people who I surrounded myself with, I
wouldn't be where I am today.” First and foremost, he praises his parents “for
showing me so much support in what I love to do. It can't get any better than
doing something that you love for a living.”
Moving forward with his basketball career, Bryant promises to “remain focused
and keep pushing. I see no ceiling above my head. I keep pushing to the top to
be the best that I can be.”
The Bay Shore Schools and community take great pride in Mookie’s achievements on
and off the court and wish him great success in pursuing his dreams.
John Soldinger, Bay Shore High School Class of 2009, was named MAAC “Pitcher of
the Week” and “Rookie of the Week” for his outstanding performance on the mound
for Manhattan College. The school’s Athletic Director admires his “fearlessness and
dedication” to the game, as well as his maintaining academic success.