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Soccer Game at Forest Avenue

Students in Ms. Wilken's class enjoyed a game of soccer with Dr. Farrelly and Mrs. Acocella for meeting their reading goal for the year. The class read 3100 books!

Donohue Earns Elks Scholarship

Donohue Earns Elks Scholarship photo
Senior High School student Eric Donohue has been named a national finalist of the Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program by the Elks National Foundation. Twenty students from across the county receive a scholarship of at least $20,000. 

ENF is a nonprofit organization that focuses on veteran aid, charity and investment in student education. After the initial application, several thousand students advance to the state finalist level and then 500 move on to the next level of regional finalist. The 500 regional finalists each receive an award of $4,000. From the 500 regional finalists, 10 males and 10 females are selected as national finalists and are invited to attend the Most Valuable Student Leadership Weekend in Chicago, Illinois, in late April. The finalists learn leadership skills, explore Chicago, and interview for the top national awards. 

Literacy Show

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On June 20, students in Ann Lauricella’s first grade class at South Bay Elementary School shared some of their best writing from the school year with their family members during a literacy show.

Senior Prom 2018

Having a Ball

On June 21, Forest Avenue Principal Patricia Acocella and Superintendent Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly joined students for a friendly game of soccer.

Relay for Life

Donohue Named 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar

Donohue Named 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar photo
Senior High School student Eric Donohue has been named a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar. Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 150 scholars with a $20,000 scholarship to be used toward post-secondary education.

This year, 150,000 applicants applied for the 150 scholarships. The scholarship is based on merit, academics, extracurricular involvement, community service and leadership. After the initial application, the applicant pool reduces to about 2,000 students, then the next round of applications advance 250 students to an interview process in which the 150 scholars are selected. 

Scholars attended a leadership weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, in April, where they participated in leadership development training, and visited attractions in Atlanta, including the World of Coca-Cola Museum. 

Blue and Gold Breakfast Honors Top of the Class

Blue and Gold Breakfast Honors Top of the Class photo

West Babylon Senior High School’s top 25 students in the Class of 2018 were recognized during the inaugural Blue and Gold Breakfast with the Superintendent on June 12.

Hosted by School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly and joined by district administrators, students were invited to celebrate their accomplishments in the board of education room. The students were asked to choose a West Babylon staff member who has greatly impacted their educational career to join them as their guest for the breakfast.

“Kudos to all of you for being here,” said Dr. Farrelly. “I’m so proud of each and every one of you. Not only have you been in the top of your class, you have been actively engaged in so many aspects of our senior high school. I’m impressed by your leadership skills, your poise, your drive and by your ability to handle so much at the same time at such a high level.”

Each student was recognized and called to the stage to receive congratulations and a gift from the superintendent before gathering for a group photo with their classmates and invited guests. 




Maker Space Challenge

In the sixth-grade Maker Space challenge, students were given a “blind box” with generic objects and had to work as a team to create something that moves.

Seniors Walk Down Memory Lane

Seniors Walk Down Memory Lane photo

West Babylon Senior High School’s Class of 2018 took a walk down memory lane, literally, when they returned to their respective elementary schools for a senior walk on June 11.

Dressed in their caps and gowns, the seniors walked the elementary school hallways before concluding their academic journey in West Babylon. School district administrators, teachers and elementary students lined the hallways in each building to offer their congratulations and well wishes as the seniors begin the next phase of their lives. 

At Tooker Avenue, Forest Avenue, John F. Kennedy, Santapogue and South Bay elementary schools, the soon-to-be graduates had a chance to reconnect with their former teachers and staff, look at old class photographs and reminisce. 



Battle of the Classes

Students enjoyed the 2nd day of Battle of the Classes! They did a football throw and kick, 50 and 100 yard dash, balloon and sponge relays, a gigantic puzzle, basketball throws, just dance and much more! 

Forest Avenue Kindergarten Literacy Ball

Kindergarten students at Forest Avenue celebrated their favorite authors and characters from books at their Literacy Ball.

 

Introducing the 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Forest Avenue Field Day

Forest Avenue students had a great time participating in Field Day!

Kindergarten Concert

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Hard-Working Gardeners

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The Junior High School Garden Club has been hard at work beautifying the grounds and planting all vegetables that will eventually be donated to a local food pantry.

 

A Tower of Toothpicks

A Tower of Toothpicks photo

Junior High School students in Heidi Birr’s class were tasked with creating a tower out of toothpicks and mini-marshmallows as part of a makerspace activity in the library. The tower design needed to be strong enough to hold several bookmarks and a paint pallet. The tallest structure was 6.5 inches and held the bookmark. The sturdiest structure was 4.25 inches and held the bookmark and paint pallet.



Flag Day Display

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Students in Debra Henthorne’s class at the Junior High School made an art project in honor of Flag Day at the end of their unit on the American flag. The flag will be displayed in Eagle's Landing at the entrance of the school. 

Four Students Place at MagLev Comp

Four Students Place at MagLev Comp photo
Junior High School eighth-grade technology students participated in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s annual MagLev competition. The district congratulates the following students who took home awards: Burak Kaya, second place, futuristic design; Michael Alexiadis, first place, electrified track; Allison Milla, second place, electrified track; and Lauren Russell, third place, electrified track.

Saving the Gingerbread Man During STEM Lessons

Saving the Gingerbread Man During STEM Lessons photo
After reading “The Gingerbread Man” with their classes, kindergartners at South Bay Elementary School participated in a hands-on STEM lesson during their FLEX library period on May 22.  Students were tasked with creating a bridge to bring the gingerbread man safely home and away from the hungry fox. Students used straws, toothpicks, pipe cleaners and Q-Tips and created their own gingerbread man to test their creations.
 

2018 Santapogue Graduates Return

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Class of 2018 Walk Through

Class of 2018 visit their elementary school for a congratulatory walkthrough.

Senior Walk

JFK congratulates former students on their High School Graduation and wishes the entire class of 2018 all the best.

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Forest Avenue Family Picnic Night

STEM Learners at Tooker Avenue

STEM Learners at Tooker Avenue photo
Throughout the school year, fourth- and fifth-grade students in STEM enrichment program at Tooker Avenue Elementary School have been engaged in hands-on learning activities. The students made lava lamps and learned that oil and water do not mix, and oil forms circles on the top due to surface tension. They further realized the results of carbon dioxide gas introduced into the solution. The students also designed, created, engineered and constructed a foosball table. They collected data while kicking goals. 
 

2nd grade field trip to the Fire Island Light House

Eighth-Grade Dance

Grade 5 Boat Trip

Math, Science Lessons Take Flight

Math, Science Lessons Take Flight photo

As part of a cross-curricular science and math lesson, sixth-graders at the Junior High School were tasked with creating their own kites made up of polygons during their math lab class and then attempting to fly them.

Students in Kevin Delaney and Frank Ging’s math lab classes started their lesson by measuring the interior angles and finding the area and perimeter of their polygons. Next, they had to enlarge their blueprints and fabricate a kite that could actually fly by determining the area and perimeter of the new kite. 

On May 21 and 22, the sixth-graders put their creations to the test by going outside to the back field of the school and testing to see their kites would take flight.



Grade 5 Field Day Fun

Four Students Make Finals in Acting Comp

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After making it through the first round of judging, four West Babylon Senior High School actors and actresses competed in the final round of the 2018 Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, the New York Chapter of the Jimmy Awards, also known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Fifty students from across New York were chosen for the final round of competition.

The district congratulates the following students: David Grant (Chairman); Mackenzie Grimes (Princess Puffer); Danielle Del Orfano (Rosa Bud); and Amanda Riche (Edwin Drood). The four students will be competing based on their performances in the high school’s musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The students were coached with industry professionals at a studio in New York City on May 19. 

Buddy Club’s End-of-Year Celebration

Earth Day Poster Winners

Five students from JFK Elementary created posters for the New York State Earth Day Poster Contest. Congratulations to Charlotte Hill, Giuliana Parks, John Parks, Evan Cosci and Evangeline Sherman. Their artwork is featured on the New York State website for Senator Boyle at https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/phil-boyle/earthday.

Third Grade Poets

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Tooker Students Are Out of this World

Tooker Students Are Out of this World photo
First-graders in Louise Pino’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School recently completed their science unit of study on the solar system. Each student in the class researched a planet, wrote a report and made a poster of their planet. 

Principal's Quality Achievement Awards Ceremony

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Student Volunteers ‘Spring’ into Action

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Senior High School students from the National Honor Society and SEA Club worked with the West Babylon Main Street Organization during its annual spring clean up on May 12. This year, students planted flowers, removed weeds, and cleaned up the grounds of the American Legion, Sgt. John Sardiello Post 1634. Students were accompanied by the National Honor Society adviser Kathryn Mauro and SEA Club adviser Dana Meadows.

SCOPE Pre-Kindergarten Application

Registration for the SCOPE pre-kindergarten program for the 2018-19 school year is now open. 

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Look, Listen and Learn at Forest Avenue

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In recognition of Better Speech and Hearing month in May, second-graders at Forest Avenue Elementary School learned about the parts of the ear and their functions during a lesson with the school’s speech-language pathologist Caitlin Bavolar. Students then made model ears out of Play-Doh.

Ozobots at the JHS

Ozobots showed the students how to draw lines for the robots to follow. The Botley Robot is the advanced ozobot. It comes with pre-drawn lines on six boards, a controller, obstacle courses and more. The Botley Robot will react to the codes that the students program.

Learning in the Field

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The fourth-grade classes from Santapogue Elementary School recently took a field trip to Connetquot State Park. The trip began with a tour of the hatchery and students discovered the underwater world of ponds through hands-on sampling and field observations. After visiting the pond, the class went indoors to look at microscopic organisms and discuss their role in the food chain. 

Family Reflection Night in West Babylon

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Tooker’s Tennis stars

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Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Tooker Avenue Elementary School are participating in a before-school tennis program. Led by Tooker Avenue Principal Charles Germano and physical education teacher Mike Bellacosa, the students meet once a week for instruction on technique and rules of the sport. 

Distinguished Educator

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South Bay math specialist Jaime Szypula was honored as a Distinguished Educator at the Suffolk County Legislature Teacher Appreciation Awards Night. She received a proclamation from Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory at the awards ceremony on May 30.

Forest Avenue Student Wins First Place in 2018 Covanta Earth Day Poster Contest

Healthy Hearts at Santapogue

Healthy Hearts at Santapogue photo
Santapogue Elementary School recently held a Hoops for Heart fundraiser. The school earned more than $10,000 to benefit the American Heart Association. Students jumped rope and talked about the importance of heart health all month in their physical education classes. 

A Ferry Trip to Fire Island

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On May 4, kindergarten students in Susan Mahon and Yvonne Szpilka’s classes at Santapogue Elementary School took a field trip to the Fire Island lighthouse. Students took the ferry over to Fire Island and learned about the lighthouse and its history. 
 

Field of Honor

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Members of the West Babylon Senior High School Honor Society held an American flag fundraiser to show their support of local veterans. The students spent the morning on May 20 placing all of the flags on the front lawn of the Senior High School. All the funds raised from the Field of Honor will go toward scholarships and donations to the local American Legion.

VIDEO: Wellness Fair and Fun Run

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Check out some of the great activities happening at this year’s Wellness Fair and Fun Run.

Santapogue Students Sow the Seeds

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In celebration of Arbor Day on April 27, the Babylon Rotary Club provided tree seeds for every first-grader at Santapogue Elementary School to take home. The first-graders took an Arbor Day pledge to take care of the trees and promised to plant them and care for them. 

5th grade steps back in time with a visit to Old Bethpage Restoration

Literacy Through Photography

Students in Cathleen Saxer’s fourth-grade class at Forest Avenuet recently read Wendy Ewald’s book "The Best Part of Me.” The students used the book to build self-confidence, appreciating who they are and accepting others' differences. Through this literacy through photography writing project, students wrote descriptive literature about their favorite part of themselves and paired them with striking black-and-white portraits. The project has cultivated a positive classroom community; one that is accepting of diversity.

Sounds Good at Tooker

Tooker Avenue students had an assembly on May 14 with Brent Daniels sponsored by the school’s PTA Cultural Arts Program. Mr. Daniels showed the students how music is composed in today’s entertainment industry and discussed the importance of education in all subjects. Students participated in the program to create a one-of-a-kind, on-the-spot sounds and song composition that had everyone in the audience dancing and singing.

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South Bay Students Help Robots Seek Shelter

South Bay Students Help Robots Seek Shelter photo
During their library class, media specialist Kara Levy challenged students at South Bay Elementary School to have some rainy weather fun. The students were tasked with creating a shelter from the storm for their Dash robots using K’Nex. They had to program the robots using Blockly to drive and park in the shelter. 

Sorting Syllables

As part of their first grade phonics program, Fundations, students in Mrs. Pino’s first grade class at Tooker Avenue learned how to identify, read and write “closed” and “open” syllables. The students, divided into four groups, were given 12 word cards each, and they had to sort them by syllable type.

Performing Artists Recognized

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Five Senior High School actors and actresses will be competing in the 2018 Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, the New York Chapter of the Jimmy Awards, also known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. They will be competing based on their performances in the school’s musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The district congratulates the following students (from left): David Grant (Chairman); Mackenzie Grimes (Princess Puffer); Danielle Del Orfano (Rosa Bud); Colin Murray (John Jasper); and Amanda Riche (Edwin Drood). 

Skittles Experiment

Students in Kathleen Stein's CORE class at the Junior High School participated in Maker Space in the library on May 18. Students formed a hypothesis of how fast various colors of Skittles would dissolve in different types of liquids. Using a red Skittle, they experimented by dropping one into water, vinegar, and Coca-Cola.

South Bay at Science Fair

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On May 5, South Bay Elementary second grader Lucas Dispigno displayed his science fair project “Going Batty” at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary Science Fair. Lucas earned a ribbon and is already thinking about next year’s research topic.
 

Career Fair

On May 18, West Babylon High School held its fourth annual career fair in the small gym. More than 20 careers were represented, ranging from law enforcement, government and politics, sports broadcasting, nursing and sales. Approximately 350 students, mostly 11th and 12th graders, attended the career fair where they had the opportunity to learn about these careers through small group sessions. The career fair was organized and coordinated by business education teacher and work co-op coordinator Colleen Kilgus.

Classroom Transforms to Hogwarts School

Classroom Transforms to Hogwarts School photo
Fifth-graders in LynnMarie Gendron’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School stepped into the world of Harry Potter on April 25. As a kickoff to the fantasy unit in reading, the fifth-graders attended a special session at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Upon entering their transformed classroom, they were divided into their houses and given various reading tasks. The students in each house had to successfully complete each task to collect the ingredients needed to make a mysterious potion. All the wizards and witches graduated from the session at Hogwarts with flying colors. 

Two Seniors Shine at DECA

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Senior High School seniors Eric Donohue and Emerson Schaefer competed at the annual DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 21-24. Both qualified for the event after placing as finalists at last month’s New York State DECA Conference.

Donohue was a medalist in his competition, restaurant and food service management, and was honored for his achievements.  
 

Mrs. Delaney’s Class Dissecting Frogs

Students in Wendy Delaney’s class at the Junior High School dissected frogs during a recent science lab.

Paper Towel Experiment

Students in Nick Delapi's science class weighed paper towel absorption as an experiment to see which is most efficient with regards to price.

Tooker’s Second Grade Writers

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After studying series books and learning how to write letters about favorite books, Mrs. DeSa’s second graders at Tooker Avenue decided that they wanted to write letters to a favorite writer Kate DiCamillo, author of the Mercy Watson series, “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” and many others. Mrs. DeSa read “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” to the class and they loved it so much that they wanted to convince her to continue the story in a sequel.

PTA Cultural Arts Assembly

Forest Avenue students enjoyed the PTA Cultural Arts Assembly and learned about proper nutrition and the importance of exercise.

STEM Challenge for a Cause

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The West Babylon Junior High School Science Olympiad team attended the Team Packard STEM Challenge at Northport High School on April 21. The team won an award for the most money raised, took third place in mystery solutions and third in puzzling math. All of the money raised goes to ALS research.

What’s Hatching at Tooker

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Students in Mrs. Paganica’s class at Tooker Avenue have been learning about eggs, chicks and patience as they anxiously awaited three long weeks for the arrival of their baby chicks. On May 2, the class welcomed two chicks into the world and is waiting for two more eggs to crack. 
 

FLEX Time at South Bay

Close Reading Skills

Mrs. Fitzgerald's first grade class at Tooker Avenue has been working on close reading skills. They are very focused!

Santapogue Says Thank You to its Teachers

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There are messages of gratitude written in chalk on the sidewalk in front of Santapogue Elementary School as the student council celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week from May 7-11. The student council wrote messages to all the teachers prior to their morning arrival, and each teacher received a bucket filled with quotes and sayings.

Blue and Gold Shines Bright

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An annual tradition in West Babylon for more than 60 years, the 2018 Blue and Gold Competition did not disappoint this April. For highlights of the event, and interviews from blue and gold team members, please enjoy this video.

Tooker’s Fairy Tale Challenge

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First graders in Laura Fitzgerald’s class at Tooker Avenue participated in the Fairy Tale Challenge. Students worked with partners to complete activities in math, STEM and literacy. Upon completion, students had their pictures taken as princes and princesses.

 

A Great Day at Tooker

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Tooker Avenue Elementary School joined together to create a mural during their art classes this year. Each student had a part in creating the piece, which reads “Make It A Great Day. The Choice Is Yours” and is prominently displayed in the school’s gymnasium. 

Scientific Writing in Second Grade

Students in Mrs. Graziosa's second-grade class learned all about scientific writing of lab reports.

Forest Avenue Night of the Arts

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Forest Avenue students enjoyed a "Night of the Arts." The fifth grade Chamber Choir performed and third-grade students performed at their Recorder Concert. Students enjoyed one another's artwork that was displayed around the building for the Art Show. Great job by all!

SCOPE Program

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Students are enjoying the SCOPE after school program. Shown here are photos from Forest Avenue and South Bay’s programs.

NYSMMA Honors

Congratulations to the following students for their participation in this year's NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals. There were three NYSSMA festivals: NYSSMA West Piano Festival was held on April 11-12 in Commack HS, the Suffolk Jazz, Guitar and Drum Set Festival was held on April 13-14 in West Islip, and the Area 1 NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival was held at Lindenhurst HS on May 4-5.

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Ryan

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Briana

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Carberry

Kayla

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Matthew

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Cirasole

Madison

Clauss

Sarah

Coffey

Julie

Cooke

Ariana

Cruz

James

Dauch

Conor

Davis

Angelina

DeGennaro

Darren

Del Orfano

Jaidyn

DeRosa

Mackenzie

DeRosa

Alyssa

Descalza

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Douce

Evan

Dunford

Sara

Dunford

Anthony

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Maryjane

Friedel

Katarina

Friedman

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Katie

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Alexander

Gheradi

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Graham

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Greer

Jenna

Halvorsen

Gabriel

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William

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Housner

Christopher

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Julia

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Justin

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Martino

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Luis

Salazar Marino

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Simonson

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Jason

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Two Seniors Named Zone Winners

Two Seniors Named Zone Winners photo
West Babylon Senior High School seniors Eric Donohue and Erin Reahl were presented with the Suffolk Zone Outstanding Student Award for Citizenship, Scholarship and Physical Performance. The award was presented by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Suffolk Zone Award. At the awards ceremony in late March, the two students were presented with certificates and gold medals recognizing their outstanding achievement as physical education students, scholars and citizens. 

Student-Athletes Commit to Next Level

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Twelve 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 April 11 in the West Babylon 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: Krista Agostinello, soccer, Hofstra University; Joseph Ballone, lacrosse, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Brittany Claud, basketball, SUNY Oneonta; Jason Fucci, Hartwick College; Hailey Griffin, cheerleading, West Virginia University; Grace Guglielmo, soccer/lacrosse, New York Institute of Technology; Tara Hauff, track, SUNY Stony Brook; Britney Jahrmarkt, cheerleading, Sacred Heart University; Rocco Longo, football, Catholic University of America; Natalie McIntosh, softball, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Spencer Milito, track and field, College of Staten Island; and Amanda Ruppel, cheerleading, University of Scranton. 



Student-Scientists at Work

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Seventh-grade students dissected frogs during science class on April 16. Students examined the exterior features of the frog and then made cuts into the frog to observe internal organs.

April Activities for Autism Awareness

Planting a Garden

Reading in Second Grade

Students in Mrs. Bogart and Mrs. Graziosa's second-grade classes teamed up to read series books.

Student Council

The Forest Avenue Student Council enjoyed the spring weather as they planted in the garden.

First-Graders Get Creative with Technology

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Students in Autumn Matthews’ first-grade class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School combined creativity with the power of technology using the Osmo Creative Set. Students worked in small groups to create animated stories with Osmo Monster by choosing their adventures and designing items to be pulled into their stories. This activity targeted skills such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.

First-Place Poster Winner

First-Place Poster Winner
Forest Avenue student Nicole Olszewski, a fifth-grader in Mrs. Riccio's class, won first place in Covina’s 12th annual Recycling Poster Contest. She will receive a medal and prize for her award-winning entry.

South Bay Student Recognized in Local Art Contest

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Mansimaar Birk, a fifth-grader at South Bay Elementary School, has been named a finalist in the annual Women’s History Art Contest organized by Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre. The contest honors local women who have made a difference and celebrates National Women’s History Month. This year’s event was themed “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring All Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” Mansimaar was honored at the Women of Distinction awards ceremony on April 13 in Amityville.  

Seniors Making a Strong Connection

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The foster grandparents who volunteer in the classrooms at John F. Kennedy Elementary School are making a big impact on the students and vice versa. As part of the Foster Grandparents program, seniors are matched with schools in their area, where they spend time working with students and making connections. Students are able to get one-on-one time with a foster grandparent, giving them the extra boost they need to succeed in school. 

John F. Kennedy Elementary School currently has four foster grandparents placed in classrooms. Some volunteer for a few hours per day while others spend the whole school day with the students. In recognition of their ongoing volunteer efforts, Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer and Town of Babylon Councilman Tony Martinez visited the school on April 10 to thank the volunteers for their service, tour the classrooms and witness the connections they are making with the students everyday. 

4th Grade Field Trip to Connetquot State Park

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Reading Super Powers

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Kindergarten students in Ms. Mele and Mrs. Ward’s class at Tooker Avenue showed off their favorite books. The class is using their reading super powers, such as “pointer power” and “pattern power,” to read.

Paint Night Raises Awareness

West Babylon’s SEPTA held an autism awareness paint night fundraiser at the junior high school on April 19. Students from the Eagle Eyes Club and the National Honor Society volunteered their time during the evening to ensure it was a success.

Guest Art Teacher for the Day

After South Bay Elementary student Justin Escobar showed his art teacher, Janice Dougherty, how to create an origami hat, she suggested he teach the whole class how to make one. On April 24, Justin was the guest art teacher for the day. He modeled each fold and walked around and helped fellow artists who raised their hand.

Top Student-Photographers

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Three Senior High School student-artists have been named winners in the Photographic Federation of Long Island Youth Showcase. More than 14 high schools from Nassau and Suffolk participated in this competition.
Congratulations to the following students: 
First Place Architecture: Dean Fedoryk – “Views from the Six”
First Place Scape: Dean Fedoryk – “Hope for Tomorrow”
Second Place Creative: Ryan McDevitt – “Looking Through”
Third Place Monochrome: Jason Carseni – “The Eerie Secret”



"Bash the Trash" Assembly

Students at Forest Avenue enjoyed the PTA Sponsored Cultural Arts Assembly, "Bash the Trash." Students enjoyed watching musicians and teaching artists, weaving together science, music and environmental awareness. Students learned how science can transform even the simplest stuff into cool-sounding instruments.

 

Science in Second Grade

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Mrs. Bogart ' s and Mrs. Graziosa's 2nd-grade classes created oobleck (and a mess) in order to test the properties of solids and liquids.
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