School News: Killer Bees Visit ‘Today Show,’ Wellness Conference Thursday

The Killer Bees visited "The Today Show." Photo courtesy Bridgehampton School

Killer Bees Visit “The Today Show”

The Bridgehampton basketball team was welcomed to “The Today Show” at Rockefeller Center. They were invited for lunch and festivities on the concourse, and had an opportunity to meet the hosts of the show. They were in attendance with NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, who was part of the production team of “Killer Bees,” the documentary on the legendary basketball program in Bridgehampton. The students were accompanied by Principal Mike Miller.

Third Annual East End School Wellness Conference

The Wellness Foundation will host its Third Annual East End School Wellness Conference on October 18, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at The Muses in Southampton.

The purpose of the event is to inspire healthy changes at the school level in order to help the children and families live healthier lives. Research has shown that good nutrition, physical activity and stress management can strengthen academic performance, improve classroom behavior and lead to a lifetime of good health.

Participating schools are located on the South Fork from Montauk to Westhampton and the North Fork from Greenport to Riverhead. Schools that bring a team are eligible to apply for a $1,000 school wellness grant courtesy of BNB and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Keynote speakers include Joe Cross, a filmmaker, entrepreneur, author and wellness advocate, best known for his award-winning documentaries “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 1 and 2” and “The Kids Menu.” The second keynote speaker is Dr. Michael Hynes, superintendent of schools in Patchogue- Medford who advocates for a holistic approach to educating children and has made contributions regarding the importance of play, recess, mental health in schools and yoga and mindfulness in the classroom. For more information, visit

Gudelauski on the Green

Michael DeRosa and Chase Gudelauski. Photo courtesy Bridgehampton School

Eighth-grader Chase Gudelauski is a first-year golfer on the Bridgehampton/Pierson’s junior varsity golf team and the only Bridgehampton member on the team. At the Sag Harbor Golf Course’s hole No. 2, he is seen with his caddy and Bridgehampton’s athletic director, Michael DeRosa. “Chase has improved his shot-making ability all season,” said Mr. DeRosa. The season ended in early October with the team’s record of 2-5.

‘Eat Smart’ Nutrition Education at The Bridgehampton School

Students in Jenna Pluta’s elementary Health and Wellness class are geared up for their weekly visit with Marta Blanco, a nutritionist from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Her fun and healthy interactive lessons focus on nutritional values and activities, such as decorating clementine and creating mini “pumpkins” out of them.“Many of the students have worked with Ms. Blanco in the past so they love when she comes to visit,” said Ms. Pluta. “It is definitely an enthusiastic and welcomed visit.”

The district congratulates National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society members for their hard work in the areas of scholarship service, leadership and character. It recognizes their efforts and thank Maria Reilly for organizing a festive luncheon to honor them. National Honor Society members this year include: Aziza El, president; Autumn Coffey, vice president; Jaden Campbell, secretary/treasurer; members Franky Bonilla, Olivia Cassone, Julien Cheng, Jonathan DeGroot, Nat Depasquale, James Fairchild, Madeline Grabb, Laura Hagerman, Liam Huberty, Max Tiska and Elijah White. National Junior Honor Society members include Nava Campbell, president; Melissa Villa, vice president; Chase Euski, secretary/treasurer; members Gylia Dryden, Ayanna El, Zoe Lucas, Kris Vinski and Scott Vinski.

Bridgehampton students in grades four through eight were excited to meet professional baseball player Shea Spitzbarth during a visit to the fall after school baseball camp on October 4 and 5. They had an opportunity to learn the skills of baseball.Mr. Spitzbarth worked along with Athletic Director Michael DeRosa and teachers Ryan Barker, Jeff Hand, Louis Liberatore, Henry Meyer and John Reilly to engage the students in all areas of the game.