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Two Seniors Make Scholarship Semifinals

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Seniors Eric Donohue and Daria DelMonico have been selected as semifinalists in the 2018 Coca-Cola Scholars Program.  

Based on their leadership skills, academic achievements and community service, the pair was chosen out of more than 150,000 applicants. 

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. One hundred and fifty Coca-Cola Scholars finalists are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

Speech Snow Experiment

Forest Avenue fifth-grade students in Ms. Wilken’s class and fourth-grade students in Mr. Felice’s class made "speech snow in their classrooms with Ms. Bavolar, speech/language pathologist and their teachers. They learned about making a hypothesis, following the steps to a recipe, and using adjectives as they described the snow.

Fourth-Graders Hard at Work

Speech Snow Experiment

Forest Avenue fifth grade students in Ms. Wilken's class and fourth-grade students in Mr. Felice's class made "speech snow" in their classrooms with Ms. Bavolar (the school speech/language pathologist) and their teachers. They learned about making a hypothesis, following the steps to a recipe, and using adjectives as they described the "snow."

Kindness Really Rocks

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Sixth-graders from the Junior High School did their part in spreading kindness on Nov. 28. As a class, the students took a trip to see the movie “Wonder.” Upon their return, students created one-of-a-kind rocks with messages of inspiration and kindness. The students will bring their painted rocks home and spread their messages throughout the community.

Reading Goggles Rock

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First-graders at Tooker Avenue Elementary School have been busy reading Ezra Jack Keats books during their library classes. Tooker Avenue librarian Kathleen Murray read “Goggles” and discussed with the students some of the story themes, such as friendship and bullying. The students then created their own set of goggles. 

The December 11, 2107 Board of Education meeting agenda is now available on BoardDocs

Student-Athlete Scores Top Honors

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Senior High School student-athlete and gymnast Grace Glennon was recently honored for her accomplishments at the Section XI Awards dinner on Nov. 15. Glennon received All-League Scholar-Athlete, All-County and All-State Qualifier awards. She was also the recipient of the Susan Bradley Memorial Scholarship, issued to a deserving athlete who emulates the characteristics of dedication, poise, self-discipline and enthusiasm in memory Susan Bradley, a former standout gymnast from Connetquot High School who excelled in the sport from 1973-1979.

Field Hockey Honors

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Eight varsity field hockey players were honored by the Suffolk County Field Hockey Coaches Association.
The district congratulates:
Erin Real – All Tournament
Jessica Smith – Unsung Hero
Juliana Radulski – All-Division
Irene Lactaoen, Danni Lozowsky, Emily Siefert – All-County Honorable Mention
Hannah Leddy – All-County Honorable Mention Goalkeeper
Lindsay Seifert – All-County

Holiday Crafts

Sixth-graders joined librarian Alice Robinson on Dec. 5 for some after-school holiday crafts.

Small Acts of Kindness Go a Long Way

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In recognition of World Kindness Day on Nov. 13, students in Eileen Moran’s English language arts class at the Junior High School worked together to help grant a wish. For his last Christmas wish, Jacob Thompson, a 9-year-old who has cancer, has been in the news asking for cards from all over the world. The students created cards and collected some penguin gear — his favorite animal — to ship to the hospital.   

VIDEO: Technology and FACS at the JHS


Check out all the hands-on happenings in technology and FACS classes at the JHS.

Filtered Bottle Fillers at the JHS

November Eagle Award Winners

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To receive an Eagle Award, students are nominated by a teacher for going above and beyond in one of the social emotional learning competencies. The district congratulates the November award winners (from left): Joseph Spina, Brianna Oliveri, Julia Gabrell, Emma Garcia, Kristina Agostinello, and Elvin Velasquez. Not pictured: Charles DeGennaro, Isaiah Meaner

Student-Athletes Set Sights on College Sports

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Five student-athletes were recently recognized for signing letters of intent to continue to play their sport in college next fall. 

The students recently gathered in the Board of Education boardroom, along with their families, coaches and administrators, to be formerly recognized. The district congratulates the following student-athletes: Emma Cantwell (lacrosse – LIU Post); Michael McMahon (lacrosse – Stony Brook University); Kayla Reese (lacrosse – Mercy College); Jessica Smith (lacrosse – Hofstra University); and Ashleigh Tortorice (lacrosse – Albright College). 

The Newly Renovated Eagle Hall

NHS Spearheads Hurricane Relief Efforts

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The National Honor Society has been raising money to help assist those affected by the hurricanes in the United States and Puerto Rico. Thanks to the support of students, faculty, clubs, sports teams, community members and organizations, the NHS raised $3,000. President Emerson Schaefer and secretary Alexandra Gaudioso spearheaded the hurricane relief fundraiser. NHS advisers Kathryn Mauro and Shannon Ofsharick facilitated the process with the student leaders.  

Collaborative Learning

Cluster 3 students in Rose Lyn Cipparulo¹s classes were collaborating while completing drafts of their argumentative essays.

Team 1 ELA Poetry Winners

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Hands-On Learning During STEM Family Night

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The Senior High School’s Math & Science Honor Society, National Technology Honor Society, Robotics Club and the Science Club presented the third-annual Family STEM Night on Nov. 8.

Students in grades K-8, along with their families, were invited to the STEM event to enjoy hands-on activities including games, experiments, mini-labs and robotics demonstrations. 

The Math & Science Honor Society ran science and math activities on the third floor of the high school. With close to 30 different stations, students had plenty from which to choose including activities like “Taste the Rainbow,” “Slime Time,” “Strawberry DNA” and “M&M Survival.” Brookhaven National Laboratory conducted a microscope activity and Mad Science performed dry ice experiments with small groups of students. “Be An Einstein” station let students decorate their own lab coats to wear for all their STEM activities. 

In the technology wing, the National Technology Honor Society and Robotics Club showed off their robots, 3-D printers and printing pens, and woodworking capabilities. In the lobby, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County had a small pool with marine creatures in touch tanks for the students. All of the proceeds from the evening are used toward student scholarships. 

Tooker Authors Share Veteran Stories

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Students in Cristina Carbonaro’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School have been reading and writing about veterans in November. They had a special visit from Valerie Pfundstein, author of “Veterans: Heroes In Our Neighborhood.” The students shared personal stories of veterans close to their own hearts with the author and chatted about her book. West Babylon students (from left) Dominick Gagnon, Gino Gargiulo, Sean Austin and Jaden Jusino with author Valerie Pfundstein.

Mrs. Holahan's students discussing books in their non-fiction reading groups.

Mrs. Amarando's math students recite math facts while practicing wall sits and jumping jacks

First-Graders Cutting Up Words

First-graders in Christina Delaney's class are exploring syllabication – learning and using multiple strategies to determine the number of syllables in 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 syllable words. In the beginning, the term “ syllable" was unknown to the students. By the end, the students were able to develop their own working definition of syllabication – they perceived it as "cutting up words" into pieces.

Forest Avenue's Fourth Grade Cartographers and Geologists

Fourth-grade students in Mrs. Saxer's class assumed the roles of cartographers and geologists as they used topographic maps to analyze and interpret data about landforms. They examined and discussed how to determine the elevation of various features of landforms based on contour lines. The students then used contour lines on the topographic maps to construct model landforms out of clay.

Forest Avenue's Hour of Code

Forest Avenue's Hour of Code takes place during Mrs. Francisco's Library Classes from November 27 - December 13 to ensure that ALL students have the opportunity to code for an hour. This global "Hour of Code" event occurs once a year to coincide with Computer Science Week (Dec. 4 -10). During this week, we recognize and honor the contributions of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

First-Graders Head to the Polls

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First-graders in Lisa DeGennaro’s class at John. F. Kennedy Elementary School learned about the electoral process by holding their own election. The voters were informed about the candidates by reading “Duck for President,” “Grace for President” and “My Teacher for President.” Once the voters learned all about the candidates, they created campaign posters. They then stepped into the voting booth, presented their voter identification and cast their vote, electing Grace as the new president.

Babylon Rotary Club Third Grade Assembly

Forest Avenue and Tooker Avenue students had the chance to meet members of the Babylon Rotary Club during an assembly. The Babylon Rotary Club donated dictionaries to each third-grade student and discussed how and why dictionaries are used.

50 Days of School

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Tooker Avenue's 5th Grade classes celebrated the 50th Day of School with Mr. DeBicarri, Mrs. Gendron and Mrs. Valdemira. The day focused on activities involving the number 50. They also had a Sock Hop, where they had a hula hoop and bubble gum blowing contest.

Students Pen Letters to Veterans

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Students in Lisa DeGennaro’s first-grade class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School wrote letters to veterans thanking them for their service and bravery. The letters are being delivered to the local American Legion Hall in West Babylon.

Animal Experts

Students in grades 2 and 3 in Kelly DeCarlo’s class at South Bay recently researched an animal of their choice. After learning all they could and becoming animal experts, the students are sharing their findings with their class.

Capture the Turkey

Students in grades 3-5 at Forest Avenue recently played “ Capture the Turkey” during their physical education classes. In this game, students learn how communicate, strategize, and play as a team, while getting a tremendous cardiovascular workout. Along the way, students talk about the history of Thanksgiving and why it is celebrated.

Making Pumpkin Pie Play-Doh!

Fourth and fifth grade students in Mr. Felice's class and Ms. Wilken's class learned how to make pumpkin pie play-doh in their classroom with Ms. Bavolar (the school speech and language pathologist) and their teachers.  They worked on enhancing their problem solving skills and following the steps of a recipe.

Student-Musicians Shine Light on a Cause

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The Tri-M Music Honor Society, under the advisement of Dana Meadows, attended the annual Light the Night Walk on Oct. 20.

For the past nine years, West Babylon’s student-musicians have attended this event. Band members played field show music and jock jams as a pep band and other music department students held signs and cheered for the walkers. 

Light the Night Walk is a fundraising campaign of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases. The event also shines a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer. 

Celebrating Veterans

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Students interviewed veterans from their families. Biographies were hung in the lobby. Author Valerie Pfundstein visited the school and shared her stories of veterans from her neighborhood in the book, "Veterans: Heroes in our Neighborhood." Pictured with the students are paraprofessionals on the Tooker staff who are also veterans.

Balloon Craze

After reading the book "Balloons Over Broadway" by Melissa Sweet, third-grade library students designed and created their own balloons.

Forest Habitats

Second-graders in Debora Mahler’s class explored earthworms and pill bugs in a forest habitat. How will these two animals interact with each other?

Shared Learning

First-graders in Lisa Gennaro's class at JFK recently shared their nonfiction writing with one another.

Centennial Celebration

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Students in Donna Briody's Advanced Placement Literature class at the Senior High School recognized the centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State by connecting with an author who, through Hester Prynne, voiced the power and strength of women in culture where inequity was the norm.

Storybook Readers

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Forest Avenue kindergarten students in Julie Egan’s class celebrated the end of their first unit in Reader’s Workshop with a parade around the building. They showed off their old favorites that they’ve read "a zillion" times to become Storybook Readers.

Blue Star Status for SHS

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The Senior High School has been named a Blue Star School for its students’ performance on the 2016-2017 Working in Support of Education’s financial literacy certification test. West Babylon Senior High School is one of only 232 high schools in the nation to earn the distinction. 

To earn the Blue Star School distinction, a school must have achieved an 80 percent passing rate on the test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level take the test or have the students who took it achieve an average score of 85 percent or higher.

Blue Star Schools was honored at the National MoneyPOWER Financial Literacy Conference on Nov. 7 in New York City. 

Rotary Club’s Dictionary Project

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The third-graders at South Bay and John F. Kennedy elementary schools were recently gifted with dictionaries courtesy of the Babylon Rotary Club’s “Dictionary Project.” Students each received a dictionary/resource book to support their studies. They were also provided with a “tour” of their new books – one of the highlights of which was a look at the longest word in the English language that has 1,909 letters.  

Cut It Up Poetry

Laptop Learners

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Forest Avenue fifth-grade students in Mrs. Wilken's class are enjoying using Chromebooks to help enhance their learning. They are working on Fastt Math to improve their knowledge and recall of the multiplication facts as well as Raz Kids to assist in developing reading fluency and comprehension.

Math Problem Solvers

First-graders in Erin Castelli’s class at South Bay learned some mathematical problem solving. The students were exploring addition problem-solving strategies to use when one of the two addends is “9.” The students discovered that by creating a “10” by borrowing “1” from the other addend, they are able to solve the number sentence much more easily.

October Points of Pride


Librarian Workshops

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All of the district’s librarians participated in the Western Suffolk BOCES school library seminar on Nov. 7 at Farmingdale Public Library. The librarians attended workshops on topics such as “Establishing a Makerspace,” “Poetry Slam Activities in Middle School and High Schools,” and “Appropriate Graphic Novels for Middle and High Schools."

Buddy Club Halloween Party

Word Play Wednesday

Who knew playing with words could be so much fun? Word Play Wednesdays challenges our Forest Avenue fifth-graders to increase their vocabulary skills. Through a variety of word games, including Bananagrams, Scrabble, Boggle and Story Cubes, students and school librarian Andrea Francisco compete against each other in word play.

The Great Pumpkin Challenge

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During Dr. Patricia Neville’s library classes at the Junior High School, students were challenged with building a structure out of candy pumpkins and toothpicks on Oct. 31. Working in small groups, the completed structure tested the weight of a small pumpkin.

Tokens of Appreciation for Board of Education

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The district acknowledged the commitment and dedication of its board of education prior to its meeting on Oct. 24. In celebration of New York State School Boards Recognition Week, members of the Board of Education were presented with certificates by the office of Suffolk County Leg. Kevin McCaffrey, Town of Babylon Councilman Antonio Martinez and Western Suffolk BOCES. Artwork from students throughout the district adorned the board workroom to show their appreciation. The Senior High School select string ensemble performed “Ashokan Farewell” before refreshments were served courtesy of the PTAs and PTA Council. 

Hands-On Learning with Google Expeditions

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Sixth-grade students at the Junior High School participated in a Google Expeditions AR pioneer program on Nov. 15. The Google technology allows objects to be projected into 3-D images and mapped out in the physical classroom. Students are able to walk around the classroom with phones attached to selfie sticks and explore the objects. They can get close up to an object to spot details, and step back to capture a full picture. 

Mapping Out a Plan

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Third-graders in Melanie DeLapi’s class at South Bay Elementary School recently engaged in a collaborative social studies project. The students are learning about landforms and are applying their knowledge to create three-dimensional landform maps using a variety of materials. The students collaborated in teams to plan their map and determine which materials would be used. After they are completed, the student teams will present their maps to the class.

Young Artists at Library

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For the third consecutive year, the West Babylon Public Library and the West Babylon Junior High School art department are teaming up to exhibit talented young artists.  For November, Studio in Art students will be showing their creations that focus on the elements of art. Under the direction of  studio teacher Jennifer Tomeo and the collaboration and support of Azuree Agnello, director of teen programs for the West Babylon Public Library, these talented students have the opportunity to exhibit in a public forum.  

Sixth-Grader Takes Third in Local Veterans Contest

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Sixth-grader Dahlia Lind in Rose Lyn Cipparulo’s English language arts class wrote an essay recognizing her grandfather as her Veterans Day hero as part of an essay contest run through the Town of Babylon. Lind was awarded third place and a $50 gift card and will be recognized at Town Hall on Nov. 3 at the Veterans Day Awareness Week event.

Fire Department Poster & Essay Winners

Walk to School Day

Nine Student-Musicians Shine as All-County

Nine Student-Musicians Shine as All-County
Nine Senior High School students have been selected to participate in the 2017 Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s All-County ensembles. These juniors and seniors were selected based on their New York State School Music Association scores in May 2017 and teacher recommendations.

The students will participate in three days of rehearsals with students from all other districts across Suffolk County and culminate with a concert on Nov. 17 at Hauppauge High School. The district congratulates the following All-County student-musicians: Jake Adams (band); Jason Arthur (chorus); Trent Boock (chorus); David Grant (chorus); Mackenzie Grimes (chorus); Matthew Lightsey (chorus); Christopher Pascual (chorus); Megan Reis (chorus); and Erin Wade (orchestra). 

Girls Cross-Country Takes Seventh in Suffolk

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The girls cross-country team placed seventh overall in Suffolk County. At the Section XI State Qualifier Meet at Sunken Meadow, freshman Josephine Critchley placed fifth overall in the Class A race against Suffolk County’s strongest competition. With Sachem East qualifying as a team (7 total runners), the next five fastest individuals who aren't part of the qualifying team also advance to states. Among those five individual qualifiers, Josephine placed third, making her the first female cross-country runner to advance to the state meet in West Babylon history. She will travel to Wayne, New York to run against the best of New York State.

The team’s seventh place achievement was accomplished by Josephine Critchley (freshman), Ellie Downey (freshman), Kylie Magee (sophomore), Jamie Cozzi (sophomore), Natalie Haab (junior), Hannah Heller (junior) and Tara Hauff (senior).

Spooky Spider Lesson

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Mrs. Ward and Ms. Mele's class at Tooker Avenue read "How Spider Saved Halloween" and followed up with a spider/hat activity. The class discussed that spiders have eight legs and they are arachnids.

Lessons in Native American History

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As part of their study of Native Americans in social studies class, seventh-grade students in Faye Lynch’s class recently made their version of Iroquois false face masks.

Lessons in Fire Safety

Students in Heather Paganica’s third-grade class at Tooker Avenue had a visit from a volunteer firefighter who taught them about fire safety. The students learned about making an escape plan in case of fire, how to get down low on the floor to avoid smoke inhalation and how to escape a room safely, among many other safety rules. The students received helmets and a coloring book.

Forest Avenue's Third Grade STEM Project

Third graders in Mrs. Massmann and Ms. Shaw's class participated in a STEM project this Halloween! Students were asked to create the tallest thing that they could by only using candy pumpkins and toothpicks. In groups of three, the students worked collaboratively, and persevered to accomplish the task. After all of their hard work, one group was able to create a tower that stood 22" tall! After completing the activity, the class held a discussion to see what methods worked best on the project, and how they were able to work together as a group. It was a fun learning experience for all.


A Perfect Pumpkin Lesson

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Third-graders in Heather Paganica’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School had fun learning with pumpkins. After picking out their orange gourd at the PTA-sponsored pumpkin patch, the students engaged in different science and math lessons. They observed their pumpkins and wrote their characteristics on a data sheet. Next, they measured the circumference and height of their fall festive fruit and recorded any unique markings they found. Finally, the students drew a picture of their pumpkins and shared their findings with one another. 

Cross-Curricular Maps

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As one of the district’s curricular goals, the entire West Babylon teaching community worked on creating K-5 cross-curricular maps related to all the units of study for social studies, reading/writing, math, and science. Cross-curricular mapping is a method of organizing the units taught during an academic year which focuses on tying key ideas and concepts across different academic units of study.

According to Scott Payne, executive director of curriculum and instruction, these maps provide consistency across all five of the district’s elementary schools by grade, encouraging communication, collaborative planning, and pacing of instruction. Cross-curricular maps also allow students to build upon information from grade to grade. The district’s strong curriculum reflects the New York State Standards and the needs of the West Babylon students. 

It is the district’s goal that all teachers use these cross-curricular maps in every subject area. Speech teachers, ENL teachers, special education teachers, art, music, library and physical education teacher can use the common language on the maps to plan their own programs, Payne added. Most importantly, parents and students are strongly encouraged to interact with these maps at home and at school. Students are more likely to become lifelong learners when they are taught to transfer knowledge and skills across disciplines.

As the district continues  the school year with the new six-day rotating elementary schedule, K-5 students have increased time in physical education and in specials. The district has refined its intervention services for all children and has created time in the school day for enrichment and extension activities for students all while giving classroom teachers more time to plan and share together. “It is our hope that academic tools, like our K-5 cross-curricular maps, along with our new schedule, allow students, parents and teachers to work together to provide the best possible learning environment in all our schools,” Payne said. 

Fun with MakerSpace

Students in Mrs. Robinson¹s library class at the JHS are having fun with MakerSpace activities.

Fall Fun Day

Students in Mrs. Ross' 4th grade class at South Bay enjoying some STEM activities at their Fall Fun Day celebration.

Forest Avenue Fall Festival

Forest Avenue student's enjoyed dressing up in their Halloween costumes, making crafts, and admiring each classes' decorated pumpkins at the 2017 Forest Avenue Fall Festival.

JFK Halloween 2017

PSEG Long Island Energized Guyz Assembly.

PSEG Long Island partnered with The National Theatre for Children (NTC) to bring energy efficiency education to Forest Avenue Elementary School on Friday. This innovative program provides students and teachers the opportunity to learn about energy conservation.

Parachuting in PE at Forest is Phenomenal

Forest Avenue student's enjoyed parachuting in gym, thanks to Coach Rayola, Coach Hilbert, and Coach Torres.

Durbin Named Master Teacher

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Senior High School educator Andrea Durbin has been named a Master Teacher as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Master Teacher Program. Durbin, who has been a science teacher in the district for the past 15 years, joins the 908 educators across New York State who teach science, technology, engineering, and math courses including advanced placement, honors, Regents and International Baccalaureate levels. 

All Master Teachers are active beyond their classrooms, serving as curriculum department leaders or on district committees. The Master Teachers hold leadership roles in New York State STEM professional associations, and many have received awards and public recognition for their teaching from their peers and communities.

During their four-year participation in the program, Master Teachers receive a $15,000 stipend annually; engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year; work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers; and attend required regional cohort meetings, participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year.

Pledging to Stay Drug Free

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Students and staff at the Junior High School kicked off Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 23 by dressing all in red. During their lunch period, students signed a banner and pledged to stay drug free.

Red Ribbon Week

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As part of Red Ribbon Week, students were asked to dress up for "what you dream of being when you grow up.” Pictured is Mrs. Fitzgerald’s first-grade class.

Mathematical Planets

Students in eighth-grade Math Applications are creating their own planets based off of the actual planets. They are comparing and contrasting their planets with actual planets using operations of numbers in scientific notation.

Big Wins at BACCA

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Three Junior High School eighth-graders were recently recognized for their exceptional photography skills. The students took top honors in the Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts Photography and Sculpture judged show. 

The district congratulates Luca Haas (second place), Michael Alexiadis (third place) and Stephanie Curley (honorable mention).

Powerful Endings

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Second and third grade students in Mrs. DeCarlo’s class at South Bay are working hard on writing powerful endings for their personal narratives. The students practiced three types of endings – one that “reflects" on the events in the narrative; one that includes "big feelings" about the events in the narrative; and one that is a "cliff hanger" and leaves the reader wanting more. Next, the students will evaluate their three endings and choose the one they like the best to conclude their narratives, which will be shared at a celebration at the end of the week.

All State Honorees

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Congratulations to the All-State honorees Daria Delmonico, Eric Donahue and and Rebecca Hertel, who were recognized in a ceremony on Oct. 20.

College Dean Schools West Babylon Business Students

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Molloy College Dean Stephen Bier visited the Senior High School on Oct. 16 to share his thoughts and experiences with business students. 

More than 100 students participated in the lectures, which also included Casey Mann from Molloy College’s business division and Louis Mazza, a West Babylon Class of 2017 graduate and current accounting major at Molloy College. The discussions centered on choosing a college, the job market and starting salaries and internships. 

Searching for Evidence

Cluster 3 students in Jillian DiPreta’s sixth grade social studies classes searched for evidence to prove and disprove the quote, “It will never be possible to know how the world became settled” as part of their Neolithic revolution unit.

Red Ribbon Week

A Tough Egg to Crack

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As part of their study of force and inertia, fourth-graders in Mr. Egan’s class at South Bay Elementary School recently participated in a science/engineering challenge. Working collaboratively, the students were tasked with designing, constructing and crash testing a container that can protect a raw egg from cracking when it was dropped from a 2-meter height. Students learned how to work together while testing the flaws in their different designs.


A Look at Our HS Marching Band

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Eighth-Grade Scientists

Cultural Arts PTA Assembly on Fire Safety

Forest Avenue students learned all about fire safety during a presentation given by the West Babylon Volunteer Fire Department.

Students Pen Essays for Hero Veterans

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Sixth-grade students in Rose Lyn Cipparulo’s English language arts class at the junior high school recently wrote essays in recognition of Veterans Day. The topic for the essay was themed “My Hero: A Veteran Who I Admire.”

West Babylon Students Recognized as AP Scholars

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Seventy-four West Babylon Senior High School students and Class of 2017 graduates have been recognized by the College Board as Advanced Placement Scholars for exceptional achievement on the May 2017 national exams.

• Forty-six students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by receiving a 3 or higher on three or more exams.

• Six students – senior Robert Aguanno, junior Jade Ung and Class of 2017 graduates Megan Bardis, Thomas Illiou, Kassandra Sherwood and Jordan Zinke – received the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams.

• Twenty students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams. 

• In addition, Class of 2017 graduates Conor Burbige and Eric Froehlich received the highest designation of National AP Scholar by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on all AP exams taken and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. 

AP courses completed with a score of 3 or higher on the final exam afford students the opportunity to earn college credit. For a listing of AP Scholars, please click here: