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500 Great East Neck Road, West Babylon, NY 11704

Phone: 631-376-7100

 

Principal:

Dr. E. Vassallo

Assistant Principals:

Mr. M. Devane
Mr. S. O'Leary

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Welcome to the West Babylon Senior high School. West Babylon High School is a comprehensive high school that offers a diverse academic program while promoting the arts, business and technology, and family and consumer sciences. Our students are being made college and career ready in order to succeed in the 21st century workplace and the world. Our Social, Emotional and Academic Learning program, entering its sixth year, parallels  the Dignity for All Students Act, and is the foundation for creating a safe learning environment in which our students can learn and develop the emotional competencies that lead to success in the 21st century world for which they are being prepared.

Our co curricular activities, including our athletic teams, mirror this focus. and add to the total development of our students.  Groups such as our GSA and LEO clubs lead the school in activities that teach acceptance, compassion, empathy and service to others.  Our students develop their leadership skills in the classroom, in their clubs and organizations and on the athletic fields.  They are ready when they leave the high school to assume these roles and successfully further their studies and work.

 

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Stepping Down After 26 Years as Principal

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Dr. Ellice Vassallo has been a fixture in the West Babylon School District since she arrived in 1994. And she has certainly left her mark. Since that time, she has served as the principal of the Senior High School and has always put the needs of her students first. While her retirement is effective June 30, she will remain on board and serve as an interim principal for July and August until a new principal has been appointed.

“I have worked with Dr. Vassallo for the past 14 years in West Babylon,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly. “Not only is she a dedicated administrator, but she always puts the needs of her students, staff and faculty first. She’s always been very supportive of our vision for the district and is a valued member of the Suffolk County Principals Association and our superintendent’s management team.”

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks for a wonderful 26-year career with West Babylon,” said Board of Education president Lucy Campasano. “Dr. Vassallo has shown dedication to our staff and students and has made many friends along the way. I will miss working with her. I wish her health and happiness in her retirement.”

“Every time I have witnessed Dr. Vassallo make a difficult decision, she would ask herself, as well as those around her, ‘What is in the best interest of kids?’ The answer to that question would drive her mindset,” said West Babylon Senior High School assistant principal Stephen O’Leary.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Shawn Hanley added, “Dr. Vassallo was always present at West Babylon Senior High School events. Dr. Vassallo always believed how important it was to show support for all your students in all activities, both instructional and non-instructional.”

Dr. Vassallo started her career as an English teacher in Farmingdale Public Schools, where she stayed for 16 years. After receiving her administrative certification, she was appointed dean of students for the district. Next, Dr. Vassallo took her administrative career to Plainedge School District, where she served as an assistant principal before coming to West Babylon. The Class of 2020 will be her 26th graduating class.

“West Babylon has been my home away from home and my second family,” Dr. Vassallo said. “I will miss seeing students on a daily basis and my interactions with the staff. I am glad to have been a part of the community and the lives of all. It wasn't just work.”

Just because she is saying goodbye to her role as principal, it doesn’t mean you won’t see Dr. Vassallo involved with students. “For the future, I hope to be able to continue to contribute to education in West Babylon or other communities,” Dr. Vassallo said. “My husband and I may do some traveling when it’s less hazardous. I hope to have more time for grandchildren and family as well.”

Honoring the Class of 2020

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Thank you to the WBTA for this video honoring our seniors. 

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Top of the Class at West Babylon

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West Babylon Senior High School has announced its valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2020. Erin Thompson has been named the valedictorian, while Olivia Golebiewski is the class salutatorian.

Throughout her high school career, Erin has participated in extracurricular activities including: National Honor Society, Math and Science Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, co-president of Tri-M Music Honor Society, Art Honor Society, vice president of Student Council, president and testing captain of Science Olympiad, Students for Environmental Awareness Club, treasurer of Varsity Club, Leo Club and DECA. She is also an active member of the West Babylon Senior High School music department where she was part of the marching band, concert band, big band, jazz band, symphonic band and orchestra. She served as section leader of marching band and as a mentor for the fifth grade band.

Erin has volunteered her time with Sweetbriar Nature Center, West Babylon John Theissen toy drive, acoustic night fundraiser (Leukemia &Lymphoma Society), Cornell Cooperative Extension – Horseshoe Crab Monitoring, West Babylon Senior High School STEM Night Volunteer, and Relay for Life as event chairperson and team captain.

Erin participated in varsity soccer (grades 9-12) as captain (12), North Babylon/Pride F.C. Club – soccer (grades 9-11) captain (11), she was named Long Island’s Top 100 Girls Soccer Players in 2019, and awarded the All-County and All-League honors for soccer, All-County - varsity winter track and field (grades 9-12) captain (11, 12), varsity spring track and field (grades 10-12) captain (11, 12); and acknowledged on the All-Long Island Girls Track and Field - Second Team. She was named Academic All-County and was recognized as a News 12 Scholar Athlete.

Erin has been awarded many academic achievements such as National AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, AP Scholar with Honor, National Merit Commended Student, Principals’ Quality Achievement Awards in AP Art History, Chemistry, Statistics, Biology, Algebra II and School Leadership, Science Olympiad State, Regional, and Invitational Awards and New York State Scholar Athlete. Erin plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall and major in biology.

Boasting a 108.13 GPA, salutatorian Olivia is a National Merit Scholarship qualifier. She has been involved with and served in leadership positions in organizations including: president of the National Honor Society, vice president of Student Association, vice president and medalist for Science Olympiads, state level medalist and two-time regional winner for DECA, treasurer of the Math Club, secretary of the Health Club, SADD, and vice president of Math and Science Honor Society.

On the athletic field, Olivia served as captain and four-year member of the varsity swim team and was a four-year member of the varsity track team. She also spends time volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital. She will be attending Hofstra University in the fall, majoring in biochemistry/pre-med.

Nine Senior Athletes Commit to College

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Nine West Babylon athletes have committed to continuing their athletic careers in college this coming fall. While the traditional letter of intent signing couldn’t be done in person this year, the West Babylon athletics department congratulates the following senior athletes for continuing their athletic careers in college:

Cory Barrera, Caldwell University, lacrosse
Christopher Bradley, Mitchell College, lacrosse
Graziella Coiro, Farmingdale State College, soccer
Jenna D’Onofrio, St. John's University, cross-country/track & field
Shane Mulieri, Western Connecticut State University, lacrosse
Raina Quinones, Mount Saint Mary College, soccer
Luke Rinaudo-Concessi, Western Connecticut State University, lacrosse
Erin Thompson, MIT, soccer
Fiona Yostpille, Manhattanville College, track & field

Decision Day

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Our seniors have shared their post-secondary plans for our Decision Day slideshow. Enjoy a look at where our soon-to-graduates will be headed in the fall.

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