South Country Celebrates an Evening of Excellence 1182

South Country Celebrates an Evening of Excellence

It was an evening of pride and gratitude as 51 Bellport High School seniors and six of the South Country Central School District’s teachers were honored during the second annual Evening of Excellence, held on March 26. The distinguished seniors recognized were those who have maintained a weighted cumulative average of 92 percent or better for the past seven semesters. The honored teachers were chosen by the students as persons who have been influential and inspirational during their educational journey.

During his opening remarks, Principal Timothy Hogan said “excellence” does not happen by accident. “It is the gradual result of always striving to do your best – with high intention, sincere effort and mindful execution.”

The evening was punctuated with a performance by the Bellport High School Jazz Combo, and a delicious meal was prepared and served by students enrolled in the high school’s culinary program. The presentation of colors was performed by the high school cadet core, and Kreamer Street Elementary School kindergarten students sang “America the Beautiful” during a taped video recording. Special education students also prepared the flower arrangements and the rotating wooden dessert displays, which complemented the talented artwork of high school students.

The district congratulates teachers Salvatore Di Puma (Bellport Middle School), Wendy Palladino (Bellport High School), Mary Pettit (Frank P. Long Intermediate) William Pettit (Verne W. Critz Elementary), Jennifer Reynolds (Kreamer Street Elementary) and Brenda Tejeda (Brookhaven Elementary) for having made a difference in the lives of the honored seniors.

The district also congratulates the following students: Chelsea Argueta, Grace Armann, Dimitri Arresto, Angela Aruanna, Valentina Banellis, Marvina Baslious, Megan Berja, Roshnie Bisram, Kristine Brittelli, Tyler Brock, Anna Burkhardt, Harrison Burkoff, Angelina Caroli, Henry Chillogallo, Kyle Climan, Ivelisse Diaz, Alexander Erwin, Michael Foley, Katerin Fuentes Velasco, Samuel Hampson, Timothy Harder, Maxwell Kaczmarek, Eloise Kocay, Gabriella Koehler, Shaun Laurinaitis, Theodore Loizides, Nolan Lyons, Aneeqa Majid, Justin Maler, Alyssa Mantione, Carly McEvoy, Grace Minikel, Morgan Monte, Nicholas Nazzaro, Sarah Neese, Rebekah Ofori, Samuel Perez, Juliana Polonski, Andrew Porsche, Kai Rauch, Ahmed Rehman, Daniel Roach, Ciarra Saliba, Savannah Sargent, Chiara Scharpf, Gabrielle Tims, Christopher Tucker, Jonathan Ulloa Fuentes, Gabriela Vazquez, Thomas Wilson IV and Andrew Zimlinghaus.

Photos courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 

 

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“Oh What Fun” Are These Reindeer Games 1202

Christmas games are a great way to get kids and adults involved in an activity together. These games are perfect for all ages and all groups so whether you’re enjoying a family gathering, hosting a kids’ holiday party or looking for a fun way to engage with coworkers at a holiday party, the whole gang will want to participate.

Regardless of if you are hosting a large gathering or a small one these Reindeer games will ensure your guests have a Holly Jolly time!

LEFT RIGHT CHRISTMAS GAME
Everyone participating sits in a circle holding your own gift.  Listen as the story is read. Every time the word “LEFT” is read, you pass the gift to the left. Every time the word “RIGHT” is read, you pass the gift to the right. The gift you are holding at the end of the story is yours!  Print one of the games below and start passing!

 

NAME THE CHRISTMAS CAROL GAME
The object of the game is to match the clue to a Christmas Carol. Some are easy but others may leave you scratching your head.  This is a fun game to get everyone in the Christmas mood.  Print the below and see who can name that tune!

Click here for another version of “Name the Christmas Carol”

THE SARAN WRAP GAME
You will Need: Saran wrap ball, pair of dice and a plate or bowl (for rolling dice).

To create your saran wrap ball you’ll need several rolls of saran wrap and small gifts/prizes.  Simply start by wrapping one item up and keep wrapping the saran wrap around and around in various directions, adding prizes randomly to it as you go. You’ll want to put the better prizes towards the middle of your ball.  Here are few ideas of fun things to include: Gift cards, candy, chap stick, hand sanitizer, cream, money, small accessories & toys

How to Play

  • Begin by sitting everyone in a circle and giving one person the saran wrap ball and the person to their left the bowl/pie plate and dice.
  • To play you must keep the ball on your lap at all times and unwrap it as fast as you can while the person to your left keeps rolling the dice until they get doubles. Once they roll doubles the dice will pass to the person on their left and the saran wrap ball will pass to the dice roller. Once the person to their left rolls doubles the ball gets passed again.
  • Keep unwrapping the saran wrap ball as fast as possible the entire time the person is rolling, until they roll doubles. You get to keep any prizes you unwrap.

Gather up some goodies and give it a go!

CANDY CANE GAME
You will Need: Candy Canes, bowls or bag for each player, timer

How to Play
Place a pile of Candy canes and a bowl for each player.  Each player puts a candy cane in their mouth and tries to move as many candy canes as they can move from the pile to the bowl in 1 minute using only the candy cane in their mouth.  The player with the most candy canes in the bowl after 1 minute wins.

We hope you have a great time with your family and friends this Holiday Season!

These DIY Grinch Ornaments “Don’t Come from a Store” Give a gift that “Means a Bit More” 839

Still looking for the perfect gift for a friend, family member or colleague?  In honor of the new Grinch movie that came out this holiday season, here is our take on a fun DIY ornament that is so cute and adorable, you’ll want to steal em right off the tree!  These ornaments are fun & easy to make, look great, and are a gift that will be treasured annually by the receiver.  If you already have something for everyone on your list, why not start a new family tradition and make a new ornament together every year?  It is a great way to look back over time and bring back memories of Christmas past when you decorate the tree each year.

These easy to locate supplies can be found at your local Michaels or AC Moore, and with a prep time of 45 min, you can still find plenty of time to make them before Christmas!

You will Need the Following Supplies:

  • Clear Glass Ornaments
  • Ornament Glitter Adhesive
  • Fine Green Glitter
  • Green Feather Boa
  • Paint Markers: Black, Yellow, Red
  • Small Funnel
  • Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Cup or mug to use as stand
  • Ornament hook

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Take the lid off the ornament and add a bit of glitter adhesive inside.  Just need enough for a this coat, maybe about 1/4 of the ornament.
  2. Rotate the ornament all the way around so the glitter adhesive covers the entire inside of the ornament.
  3. Then let the rest of the solution drain out back into a container.  If necessary, gently tap the sides a few time and try to get all the extra solution out.
  4. Next add the glitter into the ornament.  Again rotate the ornament around and shake as necessary so the glitter covers the whole inside.
  5. Put the lid back onto the ornament
  6. Next its time to draw your Grinch face
  7. Measure and cut a length of feather boa so it fits around the top of the ornament
  8. Finally add hot glue to the lid area and glue the piece of boa around the top

“It came without ribbons. It came without bows. It came without packages, boxes or bags. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.” – The Grinch.

 

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