All Long Island Bowler

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Congratulations to senior Peter Ramos for being named to Newsday's All-Long Island Bowling Team. According to Newsday, Peter was fourth in Suffolk with a 227.4 average. Click here to learn more: http://projects.newsday.com/sports/high-school/newsdays-all-long-island-teams-2016-17/

Cheerleading Honors

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Head varsity cheerleading coach Brianne Hyer has won the Newsday's Coach of the Year award. She has taught the girls so much about being respectable athletes and leaders, but more importantly, exceptional young women. The West Babylon varsity cheerleading team has had a very successful season, placing first in Suffolk County, third in New York State and fourth in the nation.

In addition to Brianne's award, junior athlete and team captain Britney Jahmarkt has been selected for the 2017 All Long Island cheerleading team. To watch the video, please click here.

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Senior Named Coca-Cola Semifinalist

Senior Named Coca-Cola Semifinalist

Senior High School student Anthony Liles has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2016-2017 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. He was chosen among more than 87,000 applicants because of his outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to his community.  

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. 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. The foundation has provided more than 5,700 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $60 million in educational support. Each year, 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected to receive a $20,000 scholarship


5th grade visits the Fire Island Lighthouse

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SEPTA Transitions

Ms. Asher and Mrs. Duca made a presentation about transitioning to the JHS and SHS at the recent SEPTA meeting, The information allowed elementary parents and students to feel more comfortable with the changes as they prepare to move from to their next level of education. Parents are encouraged to contact the school if they have additional questions.​

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Congratulations to Mr. Cunningham for being honored with the Scope Service award.

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Literacy Around the World

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March is Pick a Reading Partner month at South Bay, and this year's theme is “Read Around the World.”

As part of this year’s PARP program, each K-5 class has received its own reading passport, filled with blank pages. The pages in the passport are “stamped” with colorful stars when any student in the class participates in “Passport with the Principal.” To participate, the students sign up for a time to read with Principal JoAnn Scott, who then stamps their passport. Each stamp earns extra mileage points for their whole class.

South Bay Student Selected for SCMEA

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Fifth-grader Xiang Xi Lin from South Bay Elementary was chosen for the Suffolk County Music Educators’ All-County orchestra. Lin, along with other select musicians from Suffolk County, participated in the SCMEA Division I West Orchestra concert on March 12 at Hauppauge High School. He is pictured here with South Bay Elementary School instrumental music teacher Dominique Powers (left) and South Bay Elementary School Principal JoAnn Scott.

Founder's Day Winners

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Barbara Orkwis - Founder's Day
Cathy Crowe - Founder's Day

Susan Soldano - Honorary life
Nancy Turano - Honorary life
Alison Gimberlein- Student Advocate

Reading Celebration Challenges Santapogue Students

Reading Celebration Challenges Santapogue Students
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From Feb. 1-March 2, Santapogue Elementary School celebrated Parents As Reading Partners with activities, challenges and special events.

The theme for this year’s event “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” also coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. Throughout the month, students were challenged with reading along with their family members. In addition, an author visit with Peter Catalanotto took place on Feb. 15, followed by a community reading day on Feb. 16.

Other activities included the Great Read Aloud Day and TV-less Tuesdays. The school also held a Read Across America Day and a mannequin reading challenge to add to the month of fun.

SCMEA Singers

SCMEA Singers
Santapogue fifth-graders and chorus singers Angelina DeGennaro and Katelyn Moar participated in the Division 1 West Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association concert on March 12 at Hauppauge High School.

Students Wax Poetic

Students Wax Poetic
Senior High School students competed in a Poetry Out Loud contest by reciting their favorite works of poetry on Feb. 15. Students David Grant and Tara Hauff both showcased their talents, with Hauff moving on to the final round.

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

A Season Ending Win

The girls 4x400m relay team capped off an end to an incredible winter season by placing fifth overall at the New Balance Indoor National Championships. They were ranked ninth heading into the meet.

Brittany Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins, and Paige Keefer won their heat in a time of 3:49.86. This not only beats their current Suffolk County record, but now moves them to second All-Time on Long Island (Nassau and Catholic Schools included). Their placement in the top six teams earns them All-American distinction.

Message from the Superintendent - Unauthorized Social Media Accounts

Dear West Babylon Community,

It has recently come to our attention that there is an unauthorized Facebook page for our Junior High School. Please note that this page is not an official district page, nor is it authorized to post on behalf of the administration. The only official Facebook account run by our district is @WestBabylonUFSD.

Our official website, Facebook page and Twitter account (@westbabylonsupt) are tools the district uses to connect with as many parents and community members as possible to share important information and events occurring in our schools. We will continue to post to our official page and work with Facebook to try and remove the unauthorized account.

Regards,

Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly
Superintendent of Schools

Science Olympiad Team Takes Home Medals in States

Science Olympiad Team Takes Home Medals in States
The Science Olympiad team spent the weekend of March 10 competing in the state tournament in Syracuse. The 15 West Babylon competitors were challenged to work throughout the weekend, competing against nearly 800 students from 54 teams from throughout New York State. The top 10 from each of the 25 events are awarded medals, and West Babylon took home two medals. Eric Donohue and Erin Thompson placed ninth in hydrogeology, and Frankie Volz and Mike Lee took home 10th place in forensics.

SCHMEA concert students Angelina DeGennaro and Katelyn Moar

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Tower of Hearts

Tower of Hearts

Students at South Bay Elementary School worked together in groups on a Valentine’s Day STEM activity to engineer a tower made of gummy hearts and toothpicks.



‘Souper Bowl’ Drive

‘Souper Bowl’ Drive
Tooker Avenue Elementary School held its fifth annual “Souper Bowl” soup drive in the week leading up to the big game. Tooker Avenue students wore their favorite team jersey to school and donated a can of soup. Three boxes of soup were donated to the food pantry at Our Lady of Grace Church.

PARP at J.F.K.

PARP has begun in J.F.K. To celebrate the magic of reading, a magician came to entertain all our students.

Enjoying Breakfast

All students got to enjoy a hot and delicious free breakfast this morning.

2017-18 Budget Preparations Underway

2017-18 Budget Preparations Underway
The administration has presented its first draft of the proposed 2017-18 school budget and has discussed anticipated revenues, state aid estimates and the proposed tax levy during recent Board of Education meetings.
According to Michele Psarakis, executive director for finance and operations, the district’s goals for the 2017-18 school year include the following:

•    To maintain all programs and security enhancements put in place over the last few years.  
•    Reinstate four assistant coaching positions, bringing the total to 13 (nine were reinstated in the 2016-17 budget).
•    Increase the districtwide equipment code to address building and athletic equipment needs.
•    Provide staffing for a security command center and hire an additional districtwide guard.
•    Hire two additional custodians for the senior high school.
•    Add an additional information technology services support staff person.
•    Hire a part-time social worker for the elementary schools.

The Board of Education encourages residents to become informed about the district’s proposed 2017-18 spending plan by attending the scheduled budget workshops and public hearings. Community members are encouraged to cast their vote on May 16 to help determine the future of the district.

Tuesday, March 14:  Board of Education meeting; Board review/discussion of Budget Draft #2 development, 7 p.m.     

Tuesday, March 28:  Presentation of Budget Draft #2, 7 p.m.
     
Tuesday, April 18: Board of Education meeting; final review and adoption of the 2017-18 Proposed Budget, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25: Budget presentation, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2: Board of Education meeting; Public Hearing of 2017-18 Proposed School Budget, 7 p.m.
                       
Tuesday, May 16: School Budget Vote and Trustee Election 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Hip, Hip, Hooray for the 100th Day at Forest Avenue

Forest Avenue Celebrates the 100th Day of School!! Throughout the day, we celebrated in centennial style. Spearheaded by our Kindergarten
teachers, we were encouraged to dress up like a 100-year-old person. Our classrooms and hallways were adorned with 100-day projects as the students paraded through the school in their 100-year-old costumes.

Go Red Day

Go Red Day
South Bay donated $429.50 to the American Heart Association as a result of the school’s Go Red Day on Feb. 3. This amount exceeds their highest donation raised by nearly $100. The effort was spearheaded by fourth-grade teacher Mary-Ellen Paparella, the South Bay Student Council and Nicole Torres.

Track and Field Honors

Track and Field Honors

Below is a listing of some of the awards won by the varsity girls track and field team this season.

All-League- West Babylon League Champions

- Brittany Korsah All-Leauge 55m
- Nadja Ashley All-league 55m
- Hannah Heller All-League 1000m
- Tara Hauff All-League 1000m
- Tara Hauff All-League 1500m
- Brittany Korsah League Champion 300m
- Paige Keefer All-League 300m
- Dana Beggins All-League 300m
- Nadja Ashley All-League Long Jump
- Nadja Ashley All-League High Jump
- Alexandra Trischetti All-League High Jump
- 4x400m All-League- Brittany Korsah, Irene Lactoaen, Nadine Keefer, Dana Beggins
-4x800m All-League- Tara Hauff, Noela Franco, Hannah Heller, Paige Keefer

All-County

- Paige Keefer 600m County Champion (Suffolk County Record Holder)
- Dana Beggins 600m All-County
- Brittany Korsah 300m County Champion
- 4X400m Relay County Champions- Brittany Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins, Paige Keefer, Hannah Heller (Suffolk County Record Holder)

Academic All-County

- Dana Beggins

Other Accolades

- Phil Armato League III Coach of the Year
- Phil Armato Suffolk County Outstanding Coach of the Year

PARP celebrations - "Oh The Places You'll Go"

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Grade 5 Mannequin Challenge

Students Prep for College and Career Paths

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Award-Winning Student-Artists

Award-Winning Student-Artists
Two Senior High School student-artists were recognized for their artwork in the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association All-County Art and Scholarship Show.

Senior High School student Sarah Heerey was awarded a $250 scholarship for her three works of art as well as her essay describing “what inspires you as an artist.” Paulina Trzonkowska was awarded Best in Show for her work “Strawberries.”
    
More than 16 high schools from across Suffolk County submitted close to 100 works of art for inclusion in the art competition. The artwork was on display at Old Town Hall in Babylon Village until Feb. 14.

Ringing in Chinese New Year

Ringing in Chinese New Year

Third-graders in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay celebrated the Chinese New Year on Jan. 27. Students learned about the differences and similarities in the cultures and created dragons, lanterns and zodiac signs.



Structural Designs Hold Strong Against Big Bad Wolf

Structural Designs Hold Strong Against Big Bad Wolf

First-graders in Mr. Galletta’s class at South Bay were challenged with designing and creating a structure that could withstand the wrath of the Big Bad Wolf.

Students were tasked with creating structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows, strong enough to withstand the huff and puff of the Big Bad Wolf. They worked in teams and collaborated on how to design and build their structures.

J.F.K. 5th grade students got to use their interviewing skills when meeting famous celebrities on the Red Carpet at a Sports Illustrated Event

Celebrating 100 Days

J.F.K. Kindergartners celebrate the 100th day of school in fun ways

J.F.K. Third graders investigate the food chain by dissecting owl pellets

Track Stars Advance to States

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Select members of the girls varsity track team competed in the Section XI New York State Championship Qualifier at Suffolk Community College West on Feb. 13.

The athletes who qualified to participate in this meet were Paige Keefer for the 600m run and the 4x400m relay, Brittany Korsah for the 300m and the 4x400m relay, Dana Beggins for the 600m run and the 4x400m relay, Nadja Ashley for the 4x400m relay and Noela Franco, Nadine Keefer, Tara Hauff and Hannah Heller for the 4x800m relay.

Brittany Korsah (county champion) won the 300m dash and advanced to states in a time of 39.89. Paige Keefer (county champion) won the 600m run and advanced to states in a time of 1:34.85. Dana Beggins placed second to Paige in the 600m run and advanced to states in a time of 1:36.36.
    
The 4x400m team of Korsah, Ashley, Beggins, P. Keefer. placed first and advanced to states in a time of 3:59.38 beating the next team by 12 seconds.
The 4x800 team consisting of Noela Franco, Nadine Keefer, Tara Hauff and Hannah Heller exceeded their pre-race ranking and set a new school record of 9:44.67 placing fourth overall.
    
The athletes will compete at the Long Island Elite meet at St. Anthony’s on Feb. 25, the New York State Championships at Ocean Breeze Track Facility in Staten Island on March 4, and the New Balance National Games at the Armory in New York City on March 12.


Forest Avenue Celebrates Chinese New Year

Forest Avenue Celebrates Chinese New Year
Students at Forest Avenue welcomed the Year of the Rooster for the Chinese New Year on Jan. 27. Using Chinese folktale and artifacts, Forest Avenue librarian Andrea Francisco shared the Asian culture to help her students better understand the culturally-diverse community.

Honoring Service

Thomas Duffy, South Bay head custodian, was selected as a recipient of SCOPE’s Support Staff Service Award. Individuals receiving this award were nominated by their school district for having provided outstanding service to the district. Mr. Duffy will be honored at SCOPE's 16th annual School District Awards Dinner on March 20.

Boys Bowling Named League I Champs

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The varsity boys and varsity girls bowling teams qualified for the Suffolk County Bowling Championship on Feb. 4. The varsity boys bowling team won the League I championship for the second time in the past three years. The team had a 13-1 overall record.

The boys team had four bowlers named All-League: Danny Feehan (208.5 average); Peter Ramos (227.4 average); Vincent DeLucia (208.6 average); and Nichols Giovanniello ( 212.4 average). Giovanniello also two 300 perfect games this year and was featured in Newsday as the “Athlete of the Week.”

Ramos was one of six bowlers named to the All-County team and will represent Section 11 in the state tournament in March. He has the third-highest average in Suffolk County with a 227.4.

Nonfiction Writers Showcase Their Work

Nonfiction Writers Showcase Their Work

Second-graders at South Bay recently concluded their nonfiction writing unit with a celebration of their learning. Students from different classes joined together to share, comment on and learn from each other’s work. The writing assignments included a wide range of topics from dinosaurs to fire engines to penguins.

The second-grade students utilized the document camera and interactive whiteboard to showcase nonfiction text features in their writing, such as bold words, diagrams and glossaries.

Writers on Display

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The writing of 58 South Bay fifth-graders on the topic of Westward Expansion is currently on display at the West Babylon Public Library.

Connecting Lessons with Cultural Activities

Connecting Lessons with Cultural Activities

Tying into the third-grade social studies curriculum on China and in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year, students at South Bay tried their hands in Chinese writing and crafts on Jan. 26.

Maggie Chen from the Little Chinese Dragon School visited South Bay and taught students about the origin of Chinese writing and its characters. Ms. Chen spoke with students about the similarities and differences between Chinese and American culture. One difference is how characters (not letters) are used to represent a word or idea.

Using their brushes and inkpads, students learned to artfully write their good wishes for the New Year using Chinese calligraphy and completed a paper cutting activity which the Chinese hang outside for New Year blessings.

Artists on Display

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The Junior High School Studio Art students have their second student exhibition at the West Babylon Public Library this year. The focus of the project was to abstractly represent the Principles of Art in an creative way.The exhibit will be on display through the end of February.

Spreading Messages of Positivity

Spreading Messages of Positivity

In recognition of No Name Calling Week from Jan. 16-20, members of student council at South Bay spearheaded an initiative to spread positive messages throughout the building. The students created and displayed inspirational messages around the school to remind everyone about the importance of using kind words, and the damage that can be done to a person’s feelings when words are used carelessly.





Challenged to Learn

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Fifth-graders in Kelly DeCarlo’s class at South Bay recently had to use their social studies knowledge to solve a break out challenge on Jan. 23.  
As part of their social studies curriculum on westward expansion, the students used facts they learned in class to unlock the breakout gaming box.
Working in groups, the students used critical thinking, collaboration and creativity to try to solve the clues and unlock the box. In a breakout, students must decipher clues to discover how to open locks, and use hidden contraptions, timers, keys and other “diversion hardware” to solve the challenge.

Celebrating Literacy

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Throughout the district, students are engaging in many different types of literacy initiatives. Click here to watch the video.

Mock Trial Team

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Relay for Life Kickoff

Relay for Life Kickoff

The Senior High School will be hosting a Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  During the kickoff event on Jan. 19, the 12 student chairs of Relay for Life recruited 150 students and 25 teams.

The Relay for Life fundraiser will be on June 3 and 4, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the West Babylon Junior High School track. For more information, visit www.RelayforLife.org/WestBabylonNY or contact Amy Zipkas at azipkas@ewbschools.org.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

Forest Avenue students welcomed the Year of the Rooster for the Chinese New Year. Using Chinese folktale and artifacts, School Librarian Mrs. Francisco shared the Asian culture to help her students better understand our culturally-diverse community.

Forest Students Dress to Impress for Dress for Success Day

Encouraged to dress to impress for Dress for Success Day, Forest Avenue students dazzled us with their style.



Fourth-grade students were immersed in Native American culture and traditions as they participated in a full-day program called “Journey into the Eastern Woodlands.”

Mrs. DeCarlo's Class Aztec and Mayan Reports

Mrs. DeCarlo's fifth grade class at South Bay School presenting their reports about Aztec and Mayan Civilizations.

Art Students Share Talent with the Community

Art Students Share Talent with the Community
The Junior High School art department, along with the eighth-grade Studio in Art class, participated in community service at Villa Rosa Pizzeria in West Babylon on Jan. 10. Under the direction of Junior High School art teachers Jennifer Tomeo and Caitlin Alfano, students spent the morning painting wintry scenes for the community’s enjoyment.

Basketball Player Scores 1,000th Point

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Varsity basketball player Shannon McGuire reached a basketball milestone on Jan. 12. While playing at Hauppauge, she hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter to score her 1,000th career point.

McGuire has been playing on the West Babylon varsity basketball team since eighth grade. She has been the leading scorer for the Eagles since her sophomore year. Last year, McGuire was an All-League and All-County selection. Next year, she will continue her basketball career at SUNY Cortland.

Smart Schools Bond Act

For public comment on the smart schools proposed investment plan, please email wbsmartbond@wbschools.org from April 13, 2016 through May 13, 2016.

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