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West Babylon Unveils Hall of Fame

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The West Babylon School District, in partnership with the West Babylon Alumni Foundation, unveiled their Hall of Fame in the Senior High School lobby with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 27.

District administrators, board of education members, Alumni Foundation members and inductees joined together for the official unveiling of the wall. “The Alumni Foundation helps to secure and distribute thousands of dollars in scholarships for our students every year,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly. “The foundation continues to perpetuate unique opportunities for our students while also recognizing the accomplishments of our alumni. This Hall of Fame is a great tribute to the many individuals who have contributed to our school district.”

The Hall of Fame was constructed by two former alumni – Michael Nieto (Class of 2016) and Brianna Ramsey (Class of 2017) – under the direction of technology teacher Eugene Rogovitz. The new display will serve to establish a set of values and a way of inspiring all the students who walk through the doors. West Babylon Alumni Foundation president Ralph Rienzo said it helps continue the traditions set in West Babylon and reinforces the motto of “once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

Holiday Celebration

Thank you to the Tooker Avenue PTA for the holiday celebration on Dec. 6. This event was a wonderful experience for all of the students.

Forest Avenue Students Get there Code on with a Dance Party!

In honor of computing-pioneer, Admiral Grace Murray Hopper's birthday, there is an annual global event known as the Hour of Code. This international movement takes place during the Computer Science Education Week, which is Dec. 3-9. This year's theme is Dance Party. During Library classes, ALL Forest Avenue students got their code on by using algorithms to code their Dance Party programs.

Forest Avenue Kicks off Hour of Code

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Forest Avenue Elementary School kicked off its Hour of Code lessons a week prior to the official start of the global event from Dec. 3-9. During library classes throughout the week, all Forest Avenue students will partake in this global event. Every year in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper’s birthday on Dec. 9, 1906, who is a pioneer of computer programming, millions of students across the globe participate in the Computer Science Education Week’s Hour of Code. 

Cards for Veterans

Forest Avenue’s student council recently wrote holiday cards to veterans during their meeting.

Hour of Code Week

Students in grades 2-5 were given maze pieceswhich they had to form together to create their own path for Dash to get through. Each grade level had specific obstacles in their path (depending on what we are studying during our normal library classes, like continents, dinosaurs, and Amelia Bedelia) that they had to program the Dash robot to get around, while still staying in within their mazes. They utilized Blocky or Dash and Dot in order to accomplish this task. In grades K-1 and Krista Granieri’s class, we are doing an unplugged gingerbread activity, in which students had to create their own path for the gingerbread man to get to his house, while eating treats and avoiding enemies in their path. They then had to write the code for their gingerbread boards according to a guide.

Student Council 'Decks the Halls'

History Comes Alive

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History comes alive as students pretend to be New England colonists! Morgan Russell got try out the stocks today where Puritans would have placed wrongdoers back in Colonial society.

Pennies Can Make a Difference

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Second-graders in Mrs. DeSa’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School each brought in 100 pennies to learn about taxes. After the lesson, the class decided to donate their money to buy food for those in need this Thanksgiving.

World Kindness Day

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In celebration of World Kindness Day on Nov. 13, Junior High School sixth-grade students  created and decorated kindness cards during library class, which they gave to their classmates, their parents, relatives or teachers.  

November Kids with Character

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Student-Athletes Commit to College Level

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Seven student-athletes from West Babylon Senior High School committed to playing their sports in college next fall during a national letter of intent signing on Nov. 14 in the Board of Education room.

Joined by administrators, coaches and family members, the students put pen to paper as they move to the collegiate level in September. The district congratulates the following students: Kayla Downey, Stony Brook University, lacrosse; Delilah Doyle, Pace University, lacrosse; Tyler Gamba, St. Joseph’s College, baseball; Emily Heller, University of Florida, lacrosse; Hannah Heller, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, lacrosse; Caitlin McGuire, Wagner College, lacrosse; and Brendan Reese, SUNY Geneseo, lacrosse.

First Thanksgiving

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Students in Mrs. Fitzgerald's first grade class have been studying Families Now and Long Ago in social studies. The students were happy to participate in a re-enactment of the first Thanksgiving.

STEM Day Sparks Creativity at JHS

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Hands-on learning activities took place throughout the day on Nov. 13 when the Junior High School held its STEM Day during science classes. Select students helped to lead classroom lessons, defining vocabulary and sharing STEM-related activities in all grade levels. Some of the hands-on activities included students building towers out of popsicle sticks, designing their own catapults and creating the tallest tower out of pipe cleaners.




Metric Olympics

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Teacher Training on Stop the Bleed

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October Students of the Month

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Wendy’s Winner Recognized

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Senior High School student Jonathan Torres has been selected as a school winner in the 2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship Competition. He was chosen among more than 42,000 high school scholar-athlete applicants for their outstanding leadership, academic achievements and dedication to community.

To apply, students must be graduating with the Class of 2019, have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or better, participate in at least one of the 47 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee and/or the National Federation of State High School Association and be a leader in his/her school and community.

Forest Helps Feed Families

Forest Avenue Elementary School students, families and staff raised more than $2,000 to help provide meals for families in the West Babylon School District this Thanksgiving. The students and families went shopping to get all the necessary items and they stored the turkeys in the high school freezer. The students met up at the school to sort other items – like stuffing, pies, potatoes and vegetables – before donating to local families this holiday season.

Math & Movement Family Fun Night

Wednesday evening, October 24, 2018 South Bay Elementary School hosted Math & Movement Family Fun Night. 

With the combined help of the West Babylon Senior High School Honor Society, parents and teachers the event was a huge success. Over one hundred students and their families, had fun practicing basic skills while using visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning modalities. 

This has been made possible by the generous contribution of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) for the Moving Students into Success project. 
  

Socks for Veterans Collection

Student Council collects 233 pairs of socks to send to our Veterans!

Safety & Security Updates

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To continually keep up to date with safety and security throughout all the schools in the district, West Babylon has made enhancements for the 2018-19 school year. Below is a list of a few of the updates and highlights of security measures in throughout the district:

Secured vestibule at the Senior High School. 
Stop the Bleed kits in all buildings.
Additional Stop the Bleed training. 
Established visitor escort system at the Junior High School and Senior High School.
Teacher/student ID requirement. 
New director of guidance to assist with addressing social, emotional and mental needs of students.
Coordinated varied lockdown drills with Suffolk County Police Department.
Lockdown classroom markers.
Sign off with Suffolk County Police Department (camera access).
Meetings with Suffolk County Police Inspector Kevin Kane, Deputy Inspector Forte and Chief of Department Stuart Cameron.
Unannounced Suffolk County Police Department visits.
Scheduled an additional active shooter seminar for staff and faculty.
Scheduled follow-up building assessments to be done by Homeland Security. 
Crisis Prevention Institute training provided to security guards.
Senior High School cafeteria ¬– new wall and windows.
Additional exterior guard for the Senior High School (fall 2018).
Revised emergency plans provided to Suffolk County Police Department and State Education Department.
New districtwide radios purchased and distributed.
Coordinating RAVE app set up with Suffolk County Police Department and Suffolk County.
Cameras on several buses.
Additional window films. 
 

Math Olympiads

Surprise Guests at JHS

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Click to watch the video of seventh-grader Olivia Zito getting a surprise visit from her military family.

JHS Posters Head to State Competition

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Junior High School physical education teachers encouraged students to participate in New York State’s “Live a Healthy Alternative” poster contest. The following posters were chosen by the physical education and art department to represent West Babylon on the state level: Sixth grade: Philip Lion, Leah Anson, Matthew Rudis, Rachel Esposito, Ja’Nasia Johnson and Shayna Juimo-Kamga. Seventh grade: Katelyn Moar, Merary Martinez, Jade Dockery and Annetta Hooten. Eighth grade: Ashlyn Hernandez, Justine Stasiak and Caleigh Rodriguez. They are pictured with Junior High School Assistant Principal Jessica Yawney and Principal Daniel McKeon. 

Cross-Country Honors

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Josephine Critchley ran a new school record on the hilly 5K course at Sunken Meadow State Park on Nov. 2. Her time of 19:54.42 makes her the first female West Babylon athlete to break the 20 minute barrier on the course. West Babylon had their best County Championship finish in program history, placing sixth overall. Some of the honors this year include: Critchley (All-League, All-Division, All-County), Hannah Heller (All-League, All-Division, Academic All-County, All-County), Ja’LenRose DeFilippis (All-League), Natalie Haab (All-League, All-Division, Academic, All-County) and Shannon Hieber (All-League).

Seeing Rainbow

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Sixth grade science classes at the Junior High School are completing a science lab activity that involves them mixing water concentrations with food coloring to make a rainbow.

Speed and Motion Lesson

Students in Ms. Cardillo's Third Grade class had fun learning about speedand motion! They timed and measured the length a wind-up toy could travel to find the average speed.

Librarians Gather

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Recently, district librarians attended the Long Island School Library Systems Regional Institute Conference. Topics included changing student mindsets, making thinking visible in the 21st century, mindfulness in the library and had a powerful keynote speaker.  

Let’s Vote

Voters in Lisa DeGennaro‘s first grade class from John F. Kennedy Elementary School took to the polls this week. After listening to stories about the candidates, Duck For President, Grace For President, and My Teacher For President, voters made campaign signs and then used their voter registration cards to cast their ballot at the polling place. The “Teacher” won presidency but promised she’d finish the school year before taking office.

Book Tasting

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West Babylon Junior High School eighth graders in Mrs. Briody's class had library time for two days, choosing, and if they elected, exchanging their independent reading book for another. Their independent reading choices were then shared at a table with their peers: an appetizer, entree and dessert choice - three sample readings of books they did not choose.

Supporting the Whole Child at WBJHS

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To ensure that each students’ needs are met throughout the year, the West Babylon Junior High School uses a system called the Child Support Team (CST).  Using this procedure, any student who may need assistance academically, socially, emotionally or financially can be recommended by a staff member to the CST and that team will develop a plan to meet the students’ needs and follow up with any stakeholders that may be affected. “By addressing the needs of our entire student population, we hope to level the playing field for all students and allow them to flourish in a program that has high standards while maintaining optimal support,” said Principal Dan McKeon. 

Identifying students who need potential special education services is probably the biggest initiative of the CST. According to McKeon, we also focus on providing “in need” students with support groups through the school social worker. “It is our goal at the JHS to make sure that no student slips between the cracks,” he added. “The CST at the JHS is always identifying students in need and making sure that their needs are not only assessed by a team of qualified staff members but also that those needs are met in a timely fashion and monitored by the team throughout the year. Typically we hope that CST is a prevention for failing a course.”

This year, the school is  focusing on establishing effective student/teacher mentor relationships. The CST team has developed the following goals:
* anyone in the building can refer a student
* all needs are met: academic, social, emotional 
* all of the identified students teachers complete a feedback form that allows the team to get a full picture of the student across all areas of learning 
* referring teacher presents to a team made up of the following: assistant principal, social worker, school psychologist, guidance counselor/cluster leader and if applicable the teacher responsible for the students IEP
* CST sets up follow ups
* plans come out of each meeting that are independent to each student
* track student progress




Three JHS Students Take Top BACCA Honors

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Three Junior High School students were recently named winners in the fall Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts judged photography show. These eighth-graders competed against other neighboring schools and took top honors. Vanessa Alzate took first and second place, Stevie Lynn Beggins was named the third-place winner and Christina Massoni received honorable mention. Pictured (from left): K-8 Art Coordinator Bill Doran, Stevie Lynn Beggins, art teacher Jennifer Tomeo, Christina Massoni, Vanessa Alzate and Principal Daniel McKeon. 

Halloween Fun at the JHS

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Battle of the Classes

Mr. DiFruscio’s and Mr. De Lapi’s math lab classes did battles of the classes metric playing challenge.

Costume Parade

Forest Avenue families, students in grades 3-5, and staff enjoyed the Grade K-2 Forest Avenue Costume Parade

Slime Fun

Mrs. Graziosa's second-grade class at Forest Avenue explored the properties of solids and liquids by making oobleck.

Boys Cross-Country Moves to State Qualifier

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The boys cross country team ran their best race of the season at the Division Championship on Oct. 23.  The team needed a five-runner average of 19:30 to make it the State Qualifier Meet. The team average was 19:06, which bettered last year’s mark by 16 seconds. 

Luke Hauff lead the team and Adam Lindner was the second Eagle across the finish line.  Alex Brodmerkel PR’ed the 5K course breaking the 19 minute barrier. Freshmen Cristian Espitia and Charles Friedel finished the team scoring.  Kyle Adams and Dylan Burks also raced well on the 5K course.  

The Eagles had three All-League Athletes this season.  Adam Lindner was first team All-League.  Brodmerkel and Hauff were selected second team All- League.  The State Championship Qualifier meet will take place on Nov. 2 and the Babylon Bowl at Belmont Lake State Park on Nov. 6 to defend their title.

Publishing Party

Science in Second Grade

Mrs. Graziosa's 2nd grade class explored the properties of solids and liquids by making Oobleck.

Eighth-Graders Get Lessons from Former WWE Star

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Learning Parade

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Kindergarten students in Mrs. Egan and Mrs. Russo’s classes have been reading every day during reader’s workshop. The students paraded around the school to share some of their favorite books.

Museum Walk

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Ms. Desz and Mrs. Graziosa’s second grade students culminated the end of the narrative writing unit by sharing their stories in a museum walk.

Kindergarten Reading Celebration

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Egan and Mrs. Russo's classes have been reading up a storm every day during readers workshop. Students paraded around the school to share some of their favorites.

Fall Festival at Forest

Forest Avenue students, families, and staff enjoyed the PTA sponsored Fall Festival at Forest Avenue.

JHS Students Selected for Gifted Program

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Junior High School students Justin Jastrzebski and John Carlo have been accepted into the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury. They are among 85 students who will pursue the study of mathematics and its applications. The students are pictured with Assistant Principal Jessica Yawney and Principal Daniel McKeon. 

AP Honors Abound in West Babylon

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For successfully completing the requirements of Advanced Placement courses and excelling on the exams, a total of 64 students from West Babylon Senior High School – current and Class of 2018 graduates – have received AP Scholar Awards.
 
Three students – Eric Donohue, Juliana Pham and Joseph Ronzetti – were recognized as National AP Scholars. This honor is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all Advanced Placement exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams. 

Fourteen students were named AP Scholars with Distinction, an honor granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 or higher on all Advanced Placement exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams. 

Fourteen students were named AP Scholars with Honor, granted to students who receive a score of at least 3.25 on all Advanced Placement exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams. 

Thirty-three students have been named AP Scholars. AP Scholar Awards are granted to students who receive a score of 3 or higher on three or more Advanced Placement exams. 

Red Ribbon Week

Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free. – J.F.K. Celebrates Red Ribbon Week.

Jersey Day at Forest Avenue

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Forest Avenue students and staff dressed in sports jersey's to celebrate Red Ribbon Week (Be on a Drug-Free Team - Jersey Day).

Senior Named National Merit Semifinalist

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Senior Aidan O’Sullivan has been named a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. He has been chosen among 16,000 students across the county who were named semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. National Merit Scholars will be announced in February. These winners will then have the opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million, which will be announced in the spring.
 

Red Ribbon Day Ceremony

Forest Avenue and Tooker Avenue students, parents, and staff celebrated Red Ribbon Week together with members of West Babylon administration and the community.

Homecoming Share

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Thank you to everyone who submitted photos showing your Eagle Pride at Homecoming!

Student-Researchers Conduct Testing at Belmont

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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

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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

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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.

Commended Student Honored

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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.

Oobleck

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

South Bay Stands Up to Bullying

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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.
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