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The October 23, 2018 Board of Education meeting agenda is now available on BoardDocs.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week
Junior High School students wore red on Oct. 22 to show their support for Red Ribbon Week! They also received Red Ribbon Week bracelets in homeroom.

Students of the Month


Forest Avenue Homecoming

Forest Avenue students and staff celebrate homecoming.

Student-Researchers Conduct Testing at Belmont

Student-Researchers Conduct Testing at Belmont photo

The Senior High School’s introduction to research classes participated in “A Day in the Life” program at Belmont Lake State Park on Oct. 12. Research students broke into groups and conducted tests at Belmont Lake as well as the Carll’s River, which feeds the lake. Students were joined by professors from Adelphi University and a national park ranger to help them in their data collections.

Beginning in 2012, the Day in the Life program has reached out to various schools in New York, lending them equipment as students tested their local waters. This data – including wildlife counts, pH testing, nitrates/phosphates testing, soil sampling – is then uploaded to a database to be shared with the public.

The day is coordinated by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Portal to Discovery, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Suffolk County Water Authority. More than 2,500 students will participate in the program, guided by 38 partner agencies and 40 schools.

Eagle Pride Soars During Homecoming Weekend


West Babylon School District celebrated its homecoming during the weekend of Oct. 20 with activities that brought the whole community together to root on the Eagles.

To kick off the festivities, West Babylon Senior High School held its pep rally on evening of Oct. 19. On Oct. 20, the homecoming parade made its way down Little East Neck Road. Led by the marching band, the parade featured elementary and junior high students, high school clubs and organizations, the homecoming court, sports teams and the floats created by the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes, themed after different countries.

Prior to the start of the football game against the Rocky Point Eagles, seniors from the football and cheer teams were announced and escorted to the field to be recognized. Members of the homecoming court were also recognized on the field.
West Babylon’s varsity football team was the first to score and they dominated Rocky Point throughout the rest of the game, ultimately taking the win by a final score of 51-16. 

Performances by the marching band and cheerleaders were the highlight of the halftime show. At the homecoming dance later that evening, Dante Terry and Jacqueline Miller were crowned the homecoming king and queen.

Honoring Survivors

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The West Babylon girls varsity field hockey team honored the breast cancer survivors in their school by playing their game in pink on Oct. 5. The team will also be walking together at the annual Jones Beach Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 21.

Small Moment Writing Celebration

Mrs. Pino’s/Mrs. Dunn’s first-graders at Tooker Avenue celebrated their Small Moment Stories by doing a gallery walk. Students placed their stories on their desks. Then the class rotated around the room reading each other’s stories, leaving compliments on Post-it notes.

Fire Department Visit

Getting Acquainted with Career Choices

Getting Acquainted with Career Choices photo

Students in Caitlin Alfano’s family and consumer sciences class at West Babylon Junior High School were introduced to Naviance, a college and career readiness program. The class was able to select a career and research information specific to their career choice. Guidance counselor Lorraine Zemba was on hand to assist with Naviance navigation.

Kindle Learning

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Third-graders in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay Elementary School used their Kindles to match definitions to the landforms and then taught each other what they learned.

Hip Pickles

Hip Pickles, a critically-acclaimed drum ensemble delivered an awe-inspiring, interactive set in the J.F.K. cafeteria that captivated the imagination of students and teachers alike. 

Commended Student Honored

Commended Student Honored photo
Senior High School student Maggie Zheng has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for their exceptional performance on the 2017 PSAT exam. Approximately 1.5 million high school students take the PSAT each year. Of those, 50,000 are Commended Students and 16,000 are chosen as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists. She is pictured with guidance counselor Dr. Stephanie Thomas (left) and Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo.

iReady Parent Letter K-5



We made OObleck today (slime) as part of our Properties of Matter unit todiscuss how sometimes an object is difficult to classify.

Family Fun Night - October 24, 2018


Fire Safety Week

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During October's National Fire Safety Week, students in Dr. Neville's library class wrote letters of thanks to our local firefighters. The letters included words such as strong, brave and helpful indicating how much their efforts are appreciated.

Letter Writing in Third and Fourth Grade

Students in Ms. Craig/ Ms. Goodwin's and Mr. Mckeown’s classes wrote letters and made cards for 2 Marine recruits. The students did a great job writing supportive and encouraging letters to help them get through their training.

Walk to School day!

Forest Avenue students, parents, and staff enjoyed the fall weather as they walked to school together on Walk to School Day!


South Bay Stands Up to Bullying

South Bay Stands Up to Bullying photo

As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness month in October, third-grade students in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay Elementary School read “The Juice Box Bully” and “Stand Up.” The class discussed the different types of people involved in bullying and the roles they play. They also made a chart and started a paper chain with thoughts on bullying, which they will add every time a student performs a kind act.

Writing to Marines

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Students at Forest Avenue in Ms. Craig/ Ms. Goodwin’s and Mr. Mckeown’s classes wrote letters and made cards for two Marine recruits. The students wrote supportive and encouraging letters to help them get through their training.

First GSA Meeting

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West Babylon Junior High School held its first Gay Straight Alliance meeting. They will be kicking off things with National Coming Out day on Oct. 11.

Field Hockey ‘Sticks It’ to Breast Cancer

Field Hockey ‘Sticks It’ to Breast Cancer photo
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West Babylon’s junior varsity and varsity field hockey teams joined the fight against breast cancer by participating in the annual “Stickin It” field hockey breast cancer tournament in Northport on Sept. 29. Teams from throughout Suffolk County joined together and played for the cure.

First grade students read to beanie babies

Sowing the Seeds

Sowing the Seeds photo

Members of the garden club at West Babylon Junior High School had a productive summer growing vegetables in their garden outside of the school. The club gathers all of the vegetables for donation to the local food pantry.

Chromebook Learning

Students in Mr. Delapi’s sixth grade science classes at the Junior High School are using chromebooks to make graphs using technological tools.

Grant Helps Engineering Students

Grant Helps Engineering Students photo
The Senior High School recently received a grant from Toshiba America Foundation. The $4,900 grant will be used to purchase a high school CO2 dragster maker project kit. The kit includes a wind tunnel, visualization tunnel and Impulse G3 race system. Toshiba representative Michael Ferrara (left) presented the check to Gerard De Simone, technology education teacher, Katharine Reilly-Johnson, technology education, FACS, business chairperson, and Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo. They are shown with students from the principles of engineering class. 

STEM Activity

Students were put into teams and given a simple 8 1/2 x11 paper. Their task was to create the longest paper chain possible out of that paper. The twist to this challenge was that, before they could add the paper to their chain, they had to write a sentence about STEM. The chains ranged from about 6 inches to over 5 feet.

Preserving Facilities, Supporting Excellence – An Update on the 2015 Bond

Beginning in 2015 with the community approval of the “Preserving Facilities, Supporting Excellence” bond, construction work began at facilities throughout the district. From roofs to flooring to ceilings and electrical work, there has been noticeable changes in West Babylon over the past few years. A few of the more recognizable renovations that have been completed include the installation of a new turf field at the Junior High School, sidewalks, curbs and parking lots at many of the elementary schools. 

As we continue with the updates of our facilities, please visit the bond referendum page of our website for progress photos. Additionally, for a complete status list of the projects, click here.

Summer Assignments

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This summer, many students completed and turned in summer reading and math assignments. This is a wonderful thing to take part in, as it helps students to strengthen and boost their academic skills through the summer months. Today at South Bay, we recognized these students for their hard work and dedication to their studies.

International Day of Peace

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During their library classes, students at Forest Avenue celebrated International Peace Day on Sept. 21. Students participated in peace lessons celebrating their differences and similarities not only within their classes but globally as well.

Celebrating International Peace Day at Forest Avenue School Library

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During our Forest Avenue School Library classes on International Peace Day, students participated in peace lessons celebrating our differences and similarities not only within our classes but globally as well.

Honoring Heroes

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In honor of Patriot’s Day, first-grade students in Lisa DeGennaro’s class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School read “September 12 We Knew Everything Would Be All Right.” This book was written and illustrated by first-graders following the tragic events 17 years ago. The class learned how people worked together through this difficult time. They learned about heroes and wrote how they were proud of their country.

First Day of School at Forest Avenue

Students and staff enjoyed their first day back to school at Forest Avenue.

West Babylon Remembers 9/11

West Babylon Remembers 9/11 photo

The West Babylon School District was clad in red, white and blue on Sept. 12 to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11. Students and staff were encouraged to dress in the colors to remember and honor those who lost their lives. Shown here are students and staff from the Junior High School.

PTA Family Fun Bubble Run

Dot Day Festivities

PTA Welcome Back Breakfast

Engineering Young Minds

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For the first day of school on Sept. 5, students at South Bay Elementary School participated in hands-on activities during their library classes. After reading “Rosie Revere, Engineer,” the students spoke about perseverance and how it relates to the STEM activities. Groups of students were given buckets of K’Nex, Legos, and other building supplies and tasked with engineering anything they wanted. They created toys, roller coasters and other useful tools.  

First Day of School photos 2018-2019

Welcome Back, West Babylon!


Thank you to all who submitted their first day of school photos. Enjoy the video featuring your photos!

Start of a New School Year

Start of a New School Year photo

West Babylon students and staff welcomed the start of the 2018-2019 school year on Sept. 5. To see photos from opening day, please click on our photo gallery. Please check back as more photos will be added throughout the day.