Bellport Varsity Volleyball League Champions 151

The Bellport High School girls varsity volleyball team clinched the League 4 Championship title and finished the season 10-0, with an overall record of 14-5. Larry Auth, who has coached the team for the past 23 years, noted that during his tenure this exceptional team has now garnered 15 league titles and nine second-placements.

“All the players have been dedicated to the team,” Auth said. “Everyone contributed to the team in different areas and worked together to make this a successful season.”

Prior to the Oct. 29 playoff game against West Islip, senior team captains Jaelyn Conquest, Alyssa Mantione and Jamie Trowbridge described the team’s prescription for success. Alyssa and Jamie have played volleyball for all four years of high school, while Jaelyn divided her time with both volleyball and soccer during her high school career.

Jamie explained that in order to be an “unstoppable team,” everyone has to do their job on the court and play their positions well. “If everyone is on their A-game, then the team can accomplish a lot,” she said. “But they have to come to the court prepared and ready to play their best, and that’s what happened this year.”

While commitment and dedication are commendable traits that mold a winning team, Alyssa believes that the team’s communication skills are what have helped this team achieve success. ”By communicating with one another both on and off the court, we have been able to keep everyone’s confidence at a high level, and that confidence has risen even more every time we’ve won a game,” she noted.

Jaelyn, who was designated as an All-League player last year, said a captain must maintain a positive attitude for the team, even when things are not going so well on the court. She is confident that next year’s team will adopt all of the fore-mentioned core values, taking them to the next level and garnering another championship title.

“If we play with our hearts then we can say we did everything we could,” Alyssa added. “It’s what we feel we accomplished on the court that makes the game good or bad. It’s all attitude.”

(Courtesy South Country Central School District)

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Coding and Makerspace at South Country School 76

Coding and Makerspace at the Verne W. Critz Library

 South Country Central School District libraries are no longer a place to just hear a story and select a book. The district’s librarians have been teaching crucial technology skills that will help prepare students for the 21st Century workplace. Verne W. Critz librarian Lynn Cullen explained that in addition to lessons in research, students are now learning basic coding skills and are inventing and creating in Makerspace labs.

At Verne W. Critz Elementary School, students are afforded the opportunity for hands-on activities that require critical thinking skills, problem-solving and collaborative team work. Ms. Cullen, along with the support of Principal Mandy Mazziotti, have furnished the library with engaging products such as PowerClix, Brix, K’nex, Keva, Squigz and IO blocks. The library will soon introduce modular robotics called Cubelets.

During a recent trip to the library, second grade students collaborated to design an incline plane with Keva wood planks, which allowed a ball to travel without falling off-course. Not only did the students use teamwork to design their course, they utilized science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics principles to acquire their results.

Verne W. Critz Elementary School students worked in the school library with Keva wood planks and used STEAM principles

 

Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

Town Receives Tree City Growth Award 46

Brookhaven Town Receives Tree City Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Town has earned Tree City Designation for Four Consecutive Years

Farmingville, NY – Brookhaven Town has for the fourth consecutive year been designated a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and in recognition of its ongoing successful tree programs, the Town has this year also earned the “Tree City Growth Award.” Brookhaven spends over $1.4 million per year on community forestry programs. Pictured left to right are New York State DEC Supervising Forester John D. Wernet; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilman Neil Foley; Councilman Michael Loguercio; and Town Clerk Donna Lent.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am proud to have the Town recognized as a Tree City USA. We have given away and planted thousands of trees and strictly controlled the clearing of trees across Brookhaven to help protect and preserve the environment. I thank the Arbor Day Foundation for honoring the Town and all the residents who have followed our lead to make Brookhaven a greener place to live.”

Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro said, “The preservation of healthy trees is a priority of the Brookhaven Highway Department. In instances when trees were planted too close to the Town Right-Of-Way (ROW) and roots were growing into the roadway, we remove the trees and replace them with street-friendly trees, planted the appropriate distance from the road.”

Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, benefits of a Tree City USA program include:

  • Reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control
  • Cut energy consumption by up to 25%
  • Boost property values across your community
  • Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community

Growth Award

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country. More information about the Arbor Day Foundation can be found at www.arborday.org.

Growth Awards are given to communities that have earned the Tree City designation for at least two consecutive years and:

  • Engage in education and public relations programs on the importance of planting trees in their community, and
  • Create partnerships with utilities, Green Industry Partners or other organizations
 Photo Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven

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