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Students Design Special Olympics Logos

Students Design Special Olympics Logos photo
When Hampton Bays High School hosted the Special Olympics on May 6, athletes and volunteers wore shirts with logos designed by the school’s seniors as part of an in-school logo contest. Trish Martinez won first place and $100 for her design, and Andrew Zeiser earned second place and $50 for his. The school district congratulates both students.  

Science Research Students Present at Annual Symposium

Science Research Students Present at Annual Symposium photo
Hampton Bays High School Science Research students presented their scientific findings at the school’s fifth annual Science Research Symposium on April 26. 

The 19 students, who are all enrolled in the high school’s Science Research program, spent as many as four years working on their research projects. Topics included the medical uses of 3D technology, cardiovascular medicine, diabetes and obesity. 

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to the following student presenters: freshmen David Catena, Tara Lauther, Katerina Reich, Shaina Pierce, Dulce Pina, Sarola Scully and William Theiling; sophomores Lily Candelaria, Elizabeth Daniles, Sky McMorris and Riley Stotzky; juniors Ava Bianchi, Mecca Brooks, Christina Coulton, Maryrose O’Connell and Jared Strecker; and seniors Sydney Caldwell, Meghan Long and Caroline Oakland. 

Kickball game yields funds for community organization

Kickball game yields funds for community organization photo
The members of Hampton Bays Elementary School’s community service club, K-Kids, recently raised more than $400 for the Ronald McDonald House as part of a kickball fundraiser. The students garnered sponsorships from friends and family to play an hourlong kickball game. 

Cleaning Up the Community

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Despite a chill in the air, more than 40 Hampton Bays Middle School students and staff collected litter surrounding Ponquogue Beach as part of the Southampton Town Great East End Cleanup. 

The school’s April 21 cleanup effort was organized by social studies teacher Rich Doulos and school counselor Laurie O’Halloran. The endeavor aimed to encourage middle school students to be engaged in community service activities.  

Hampton Bays Budget Passes

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Thank you to all residents who participated in the 2018-19 budget vote and trustee election. Proposition No. 1, the School District Budget, passed by a vote of 573 to 263. Proposition No. 2, Safety and Security Enhancements, passed by a vote of 607 to 233. Proposition No. 3, Repairs and/or Upgrades to Facilities & Grounds, passed by a vote of 598 to 243.

In addition to voting on the budget, residents cast their ballots for one seats on the Board of Education. Anne Culhane and Liz Scully (incumbent) were elected. The trustee vote was as follows:

Anne Culhane – 668 Votes
Liz Scully – 668 Votes

The art of self-defense

The art of self-defense photo
More than 20 Hampton Bays High School students and their mothers gained confidence and much more during the high school’s inaugural Women’s Self-Defense and Awareness Training workshop, held April 13-14. 

As part of the two-day workshop, the teens and their mothers took part in hands-on training activities led by self-defense experts Martin McDonald and Mike Wacker. Attendees were taught to be aware of their surroundings, control their hands and legs, and always follow their instincts.  

“This five-hour training was a great learning experience for all who attended,” said Drew Walker, director of health, physical education and athletics. “The participants were extremely happy with the training and gained skills and confidence that could help them in the future.” 

Celebrating Mother Earth

Celebrating Mother Earth photo
In honor of Earth Day, second-graders in Christopher Warren’s class at Hampton Bays Elementary School pledged to protect the planet by reducing their carbon footprint. Students wrote promises to pick up garbage, recycle and turn off lights, among other good practices. They also created a bulletin board outside their classroom to display their declarations. Pictured, from left, are second-graders Daisy Rojas, Jude Desidiero, Danna Ordonez-Padilla and Christopher Forez. 

Hampton Bays MS Inducts 31 into National Junior Honor Society

Hampton Bays MS Inducts 31 into National Junior Honor Society photo
During a candlelighting ceremony on March 28, Hampton Bays Middle School inducted 31 eighth-grade students into the National Junior Honor Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for students.  

To be eligible for membership, students are required to have a cumulative average of 92 or better and meet standards of leadership, service, citizenship and character. 

“We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body,” said chapter adviser Laurie O’Halloran. “National Junior Honor Society members are chosen for, and then expected to continue, their exemplary contributions to the school and community.”

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to the following students: Steven Acevedo, Haley Castaldo, Angie Chinchilima Chabla, Maria Fernanda Cifuentes, James Clinton, Samantha Coulton, Aliyah Cukaj, Braeden Dorchak, Elle Dunkirk, Jamie Farez, Alexandra Fennelly, Kristina Georges, Riley Gerson, Logan Grismer, David Hall, Ryan Hughes, Isabella Jaramillo Arango, Aidan Kamp, Timothy Kraycar, Meegan Lennon, Robert McNamara, Andrew Oh, Dillon Ottati, Rodrigo Quintanilla, Noah Sanabria, Jonathan Sapio, Dylan Schultheis, Cooper Shay, Lily Simpson-Heavey, Stephen Sutton and Nicholas Zbikowski.

SCOPE Honors Two From Hampton Bays

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Two staff members from the Hampton Bays School District were recognized at SCOPE Education Services’ 17th annual School District Awards Dinner on March 19. 

Hampton Bays High School science teacher Melba Martinez received a Teacher Service Award, while payroll department staff member Christine Pandolfo earned a Support Staff Service Award. 

“The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to these two outstanding individuals,” said Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen. “They are well-deserving of the recognition.”

Hampton Bays names 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian

Hampton Bays names 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian photo
Many years of an impressive and outstanding commitment to academics have paid off for Hampton Bays High School seniors Sydney Caldwell and Matthew Zbikowski, who have been named the Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. 

Sydney has had numerous academic accomplishments throughout her high school career, including recently earning third place in the category of transitional medicine at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. She has also applied to the Regeneron (formerly Intel) and Siemens science contests. Aside from working on her research, Caldwell serves as captain of the varsity gymnastics team, cheerleading squad and spring track team. She is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Key Club. 

Although still finalizing her college selection, Sydney intends to study cellular and molecular biology this fall. 

Matthew has also been a dedicated scholar and an active participant in school activities. He is captain of the robotics team and a member of the Key Club, student council, jazz band and select choir.  

While he too has not made a final decision on which college he will attend in the fall, Matthew plans to study engineering.  

Senior’s Science Research Published

Senior’s Science Research Published photo
An international scientific journal, Toxics, has published an article on research conducted by Hampton Bays High School science research student Caroline Oakland.

“This is a huge accomplishment,” said Hampton Bays science research teacher Dr. Stephanie Forsberg. “Authors in this journal are typically adult, Ph.D. researchers in the field.”

In the article, Caroline discusses the research she conducted over the past four years with the assistance of her mentor, Dr. Jaymie Meliker of Stony Brook University. The research explores county-level radon and incidents of female thyroid cancer in Iowa, New Jersey and Wisconsin.  

When not working on her research project, Caroline swims competitively with the East Hampton Hurricanes Swim Team, plays lacrosse, and actively participates in her school’s Leo and Key clubs. Although currently undecided on which college she will attend, she plans to study political science in the fall. 

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to Caroline Oakland for her extraordinary accomplishment.

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Students earn honors at LI Science and Engineering Fair

Students earn honors at LI Science and Engineering Fair photo
For the first time in Hampton Bays High School history, two science research students earned awards at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. This year’s competition was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club on March 15.  

Senior Sydney Caldwell took home third place in the category of translational medicine, while fellow senior Meghan Long earned an honorable mention for her work in behavior sciences. Both students have been working on their respective research projects with mentors and science research teacher Dr. Stephanie Forsberg since their freshman year.

“To see both Meghan and Sydney not only enter the contest, but excel is a colossal accomplishment,” said Dr. Forsberg. “Their perseverance, fortitude and high levels of inquiry into their respective topics led them to these successes. Our community couldn’t be prouder to have had them represent us and position Hampton Bays students on the scientific map.”

The seniors, along with 130 students from across Long Island, earned an invitation to the competition after advancing beyond the first round of the contest on Feb. 6. 

For her project, “The Apoptotic Effect of Novel Curcumin Derivative on Pancreatic Cancer Cells,” Sydney evaluated the ability of chemically modified curcumin to inhibit pancreatic cell growth by inducing apoptosis through potential protein mechanisms. Through her research, she determined that with further investigation, CMC can possibly be used in pancreatic cancer treatments to strengthen the effects of drugs currently used. 

In addition to entering LISEF, Sydney applied to the Regeneron (formerly Intel) and Siemens science contests. When not working on her research, including a summer trip to California to work with her mentor, Dr. Gerardo MacKenzie, Caldwell serves as captain of the varsity gymnastics team and cheerleading squad. She is also captain of the spring track team and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Key Club. She intends to study cell and molecular biology in college in the fall. 

Meghan’s work, “Daily Self-Weighing to Combat Obesity Among Adolescents,” explores the effects of daily self-weighing on 38 high school students. Using experimental and control groups, she found that daily self-weighing causes a significant decrease in weight among adolescents. 

When not researching with her mentor, Dr. David Levitsky, Meghan can be found participating in her school’s thespian society, select choir and FBLA. She also volunteers for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and served as a student director of the Hampton Bays Middle School dramatic production. She plans to study communications at James Madison University in the fall.   

The Hampton Bays School District extends its congratulations to both seniors for their outstanding accomplishments in science. 

Students Pen Book Reviews

Students Pen Book Reviews photo
Hampton Bays sixth- and eighth-graders recently participated in a voluntary book challenge in conjunction with author Jerome Mark Antil. 

As part of the challenge, sixth-graders were tasked with reading Antil’s “The Pompey Hollow Book Club,” while eighth-graders were assigned “Hemingway, Three Angels, and Me.” After reading the stories, the students wrote reviews of them and sent them to Antil.  

Antil will join the students in the spring to discuss their reviews and present them with certificates. He also acknowledged the sixth-graders’ reviews in an article he recently published:

Senior Earns Angelo Del Toro Scholarship

Senior Earns Angelo Del Toro Scholarship photo
Hampton Bays High School senior Michelle Moreno Mendoza has earned the prestigious 2018 Angelo Del Toro Scholarship Award. 

Michelle received the recognition for displaying leadership, civic activism and passion at the Angelo Del Toro Leadership Institute held recently in Albany. She was also required to pen an essay on the topic of artistic expression.    

As part of the leadership institute, Michelle took part in a mock assembly session in which she collaborated with 40 students from across Long Island to argue the pros and cons of four legislative bills. The bills were related to excessive force by law enforcement, the DREAM Fund, immigration and fair pay.   

Michelle said she will be studying political science in college in the fall and would like to become a lawyer. 

Flag Flies for Robert Fabula

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In its mission to bring history to life, the Hampton Bays School District honors a local veteran every month of the school year by flying an American flag in their honor. Throughout the month of March, the district paid such tribute to Vietnam veteran Robert Fabula. 

“The district is proud to honor Mr. Fabula for his bravery and service to the United States,” Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen said. 

The March honoree was recognized with a ceremony at Hampton Bays Elementary School on March 16. Highlights of the event included a reading of Fabula’s biography, musical presentations by the Hampton Bays Middle School Harmonizers, and readings of Elks Americanism essays written by middle school students Paige Hopson and Kyli Villa. The ceremony culminated with a special high school diploma presentation to Fabula, followed by the raising of the flag in his honor.  

Robert Fabula grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey. Self-reliant as a youth, his schooling ended after the seventh grade, and he joined the Marine Corps in 1965 at the age of 17. The Marines provided structure and focus for Fabula, and he proudly graduated from boot camp at Parris Island in the rank of private first class.

After boot camp, he went to Camp Geiger in North Carolina for infantry training and then an assignment to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines. After six months of cruising the Mediterranean, Pfc. Fabula wanted action and volunteered for Vietnam. Once he turned 18, the age required to volunteer, he served a one-year tour in Vietnam with Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. 

In Vietnam, Fabula was a fire-team leader for a four-man group on numerous insurgency patrols that included eight named operations. His first posting was Chu Lai. He was promoted to lance corporal and then corporal at this time. He also received his GED. 

After Chu Lai, Fabula was assigned to a listening post in Da Nang and was charged with detecting encroaching Viet Cong. His job was to clear the jungle of hostiles, but this was not an easy task. The “peaceful villagers” during the day became Viet Cong at night. So, the Marines required villagers to carry a light at night – those without a lamp were presumed to be Viet Cong. 

Times were tense, and there were several close calls. One day when separated and walking back to his unit, Fabula was greeted with shouts of “Du’ng lai” (“stop”). He made known who he was but was accosted by three shots, one of which ripped his helmet off.  When he retrieved his helmet the next morning, he saw one side had been peeled like a banana. 
In July 1967, at the age of 19, Fabula returned to the United States and was promoted to sergeant. He was assigned to the Military Police Corps at the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia, and remained in this position until his honorable discharge on March 20, 1969 —  the day before his 21st birthday. 

Always hardworking, Fabula worked for Bayonne General Cable, Bayonne City Parks and the Clorox Company from 1969 to 1977. From 1977 to 1998, he worked for Meadowlands Sports and Exposition Authority and Giants Stadium, initially as a stock clerk and then in the cleaning department. In 1983, he married his wife, Susan. 

From 1998 to 2002, Fabula worked for Chateau Construction as a project manager, and from 2003 to 2014, he worked for the Town of Southampton as a custodian. He has since retired and is now an active member of American Legion Hand-Aldrich Post 924 and the Knights of Columbus in Hampton Bays.

Students hold mock press conference

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Members of the Hampton Bays High School newspaper, The Tide, had an opportunity to practice their reporting skills as part of a simulated press conference held at the high school on March 16. 

During the simulation, students who chose to participate in the National School Walkout on March 14 in honor of the victims of Parkland, Florida, held a press conference to speak about their experiences during the event. Each student made an articulate and passionate statement before fielding questions from the student reporters.  

The exercise was part of the school district’s goal to provide an engaging, real-world education that will lead to the future success of its students.   

“I am proud of the caliber of our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen. “These types of activities provide a structured way for students’ voices to be heard.”

In addition to holding the mock conference, the district worked with students and stakeholders to give students a “choice and voice” regarding the tragic events that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Along with being permitted to walk out to a safe location on March 14, students also took part in social studies lessons regarding civil disobedience and wrote letters for change to elected officials, on topics of their choice related to school safety.  

Community Partnerships: Building a Future for Students


The Hampton Bays School District is dedicated to maintaining and growing community partnerships to prepare students for the future. Learn more in this short video.

Middle school Students Rise to the Challenge

Middle school Students Rise to the Challenge photo
As part of its character education program, the Hampton Bays School District held its second-quarter “Rising to the Challenge” ceremony on March 7. 

During the ceremony, 24 students were recognized for displaying outstanding character. To be considered for selection, the students were required to demonstrate consistent effort, take learning risks, seek out and accept challenges, and apply learning strategies. They also had to demonstrate optimism and resilience, have a positive attitude, inspire others, and serve as team players and role models. 

The district extends its congratulations to the following second-quarter honorees: fifth-graders Svetlana Datsyuk, Carlos Teyul Montepeque, Nicole Scourakis and Matthew Seifert; sixth-graders Henry Benitez-Jose, Samantha Kraycar, Paul Rosanti and Cidy Trinidad; seventh-graders Isabelle Caine, Yuli Carballo, Raphael Dominguez, Juan Garcia, Jeffrey Hernandez, William Mendel, Brianna Quiros and Ruth Valdespino; and eighth-graders Aliyah Cukaj, Luis Fernando Diaz, Anahi Hernandez, Meegan Lennon, Benjamin Madison, John Pacheco, Janelle Rodas-Barrios and James Salas-Fernandez.

A Nose for News

A Nose for News photo
The Hampton Bays High School student newspaper, The Tide, was recognized with two awards at Adelphi University’s Press Day and Quill Awards Presentation, held on Feb. 28 at Adelphi University. 

The publication earned an honorable mention for best front-page layout and took third place for best overall layout. Additionally, student Anna Harris won third place for her sports writing. 

More than 300 student journalists from across Long Island participated in the event, where in addition to award presentations, students took part in discussions regarding contemporary problems facing journalists.   

Geography Bee Champion Named

Geography Bee Champion Named photo
Hampton Bays Middle School student Ryan Hughes has won his school’s geography bee, the first level in the National Geographic Bee.

The eighth-grader took first place after competing against his fellow students and edging out runner-up Robert McNamara.

Ryan will now advance to compete in the state bee in Albany on April 6.

The Hampton Bays School District congratulates Ryan and wishes him luck at the state competition.

A Little Compassion Goes a Long Way

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Hampton Bays High School students are working together to cultivate unity and empathy within their school through Compassion Week, which kicked off on March 5.

The week commenced with a powerful assembly led by Jared Scott of Teen Truth, who promoted the idea that solutions to problems within a school must come from the students. 

“You are the source of change,” he told them.  

Following the assembly, 60 students took part in an ambassador workshop with Scott. The students, selected for participation by their teachers, were trained in developing their natural leadership skills and abilities through a series of group and individual activities, and were challenged to make a real difference within their school. 

The week continued with schoolwide activities, including a volunteer-a-thon and a kindness challenge. Students also began work on an art project that will send a message of hope, love and support to the students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

Compassion Week was planned and coordinated by the high school student council and initiated by freshman Tara Lauther, who brought the idea to the school after attending a Compassion Without Borders workshop in November. 

“I felt we needed to bring more empathy and compassion into our school,” said Lauther, who is also a member of her school’s Key Club, Leos Club and Gay-Straight Alliance. 

While she started planning Compassion Week in January, Lauther said her resolve became stronger after the horrific tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where her best friend, Gina Montalto, was killed. Lauther and Montalto had met when Lauther was living in Florida. 

“She was always smiling,” Lauther said. “That’s how we became friends.”