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Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Introducing the Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian. Here’s an inside look at their high school accomplishments. Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Check out the video:

Pen Pals in France

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​To incorporate learning about communities around the world, third grade students in Mrs Gottlieb's class corresponded with pen pals in Muzillac, France throughout the year. They recently arrived at school before school hours to SKYPE with their new friends. It was 8:00 a.m. here and 2: 00 p.m. in France. They discussed many topics including favorite foods, music, sports, school and visiting each other. The students were nervous and excited and learned many things during their exchanges.

Supermarket Shopping Experience

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Kindergarten and first-grade students in Krista Granieri’s class at South Bay Elementary School took a walk to the local Stop & Shop supermarket on June 14. The students learned about healthy food choices and how fresh foods go from farm to tables.

Literacy Celebration Stars First-Grade Authors

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First-graders in Lisa DeGennaro’s class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School held a star-studded literacy celebration on June 13. Sporting their star-shaped glasses, the published authors invited special guests into the classroom to walk the red carpet. The authors unveiled their newly written fictional series displayed in their boxed set. The boxed set contained a QR code that links directly to a video of the students reading one of their stories.

Student vs Faculty Kickball Game

Grade 5 Student vs Faculty Kickball Game. A new tradition has begun and it was fun.

Class Officers for 2017-2018

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Summer Reading

Summer at the Library Flyer (English)

Summer at the Library Flyer (Spanish)

Summer Reading Parent-Teacher Presentation

Honoring Student-Athletes

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At a recent ceremony, West Babylon honored its student-athletes. All-Around Outstanding Athletes were Leonardo Innamorato and Shannon McGurie. Eagle’s Trophy winners were Francis Volz and Dana Beggins. They are pictured with Athletic Director Lou Howard, coach Frank Ging, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly, Senior High School Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo and coach Debbie McGuire. 
 

West Babylon Night of Code

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Battle of the Classes

Summer Meal in the Community

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Technology Lessons Come to Life

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Bringing classroom learning to life, the Junior High School technology department took a field trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on May 24. The learning experience tied into the technology curriculum, as students were surrounded by old and new aviation technologies much of which originated on Long Island. 

SHS Ranks First in National Math Comp

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The Senior High School recently ranked first place in the nation in the Math Fax competition with seniors Matthew Reyes and Kunzhe Li tying for first place. Math Fax is a national exam that consists of four exams taken throughout the year. Each exam contains 25 multiple choice questions that students must solve in 30 minutes without a calculator.

At the Suffolk County Senior High School Math League, the Senior High School ranked 15 out of more than 300 schools. In addition, Reyes placed third in the Suffolk County Senior High Math League. During each of the five competitions, students must solve six problems and are ranked according to their success. 
 

Students win Six Flags tickets for participating in Read to Succeed!

Read to Succeed!

Four Student-Artists Named Poster Winners

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Junior High School students Isabella Villacis, Ella Henson, Amanda Rosario and Jourlen Chery were recently named Suffolk County winners in this year’s New York Association for Pupil Transportation Safety Bus Transportation poster contest. 

Every year, NYAPT hosts this contest to promote bus safety across New York State. This year’s theme was “My Driver: My Safety Hero.” Villacis will move on to compete in the New York State competition.

Holbrook Zoo Trip

J.F.K.kindergarten classes had a great time learning about animals at the Holbrook Zoo.

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Relay for Life

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Thank you to West Babylon for helping support the district’s Relay for Life! Through a combined effort, West Babylon raised more than $25,000 for Relay for Life!

Students Conquer Reading Challenge

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At the start of the school year, Forest Avenue Elementary School Principal Patricia Acocella challenged the students in Kristen Wilken’s class to collectively read 3,000 books by May 15. If the students accepted the challenge and shared the reading equally, Ms. Acocella would treat the class to a pizza and ice cream party. At the May 15 celebration, Ms. Acocella was surprised to learn the students surpassed her challenge by reading 4,222 books. The class is already thinking of a new challenge for next year.

On to the States

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The varsity girls track team participated in the state qualifying meet in Port Jefferson on June 3 and 4. Brittany Korsah is the county champion in the 400m dash and advances to State Championship in Binghamton and Paige Keefer is the county champion in the 800m run and advances to the states as well.

The 4x800m relay team of Dana Beggins, Noela Franco, Tara Hauff and Paige Keefer won the 4x800m relay in a new New York State time of 8:59.01. This is the first sub-9 minute girls 4x800 time from Suffolk County in 12 years. They are also now ranked third in the United States. They advance to Binghamton with a chance to win their first state championship. 

The 4x400m relay team of Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins, Paige Keefer and Brittany Korsah won the 4x400m relay breaking their own Suffolk County record set last year in a time of 3:45.60. They advance to Binghamton with a chance to win their third consecutive state championship.
  

WB Family Code Night 2017

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Celebrating Excellence

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Approximately 200 students from the Senior High School were recognized on May 15 at the school’s annual Principal’s Achievement Awards ceremony.

After welcoming students and their invited guests, Senior High School Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo presented each of the department chairs to present awards to the student receipients. Awards were presented in the areas of art, business, family & consumer science, technology, English, foreign language, health & physical education, mathematics, music, science, social studies, vocational education and leadership.

Guest speaker Thomas Verni, a 1987 West Babylon graduate and a retired New York City Police Department detective, addressed the audience following the award presentations. The West Babylon Senior High School string ensemble, directed by Barbara Kelly, provided the musical accompaniment throughout the event before guests headed to the cafeteria for a reception.

For a full list of award receipients, please click here.

MORE ... Speech & Hearing Awareness Month Activities at Forest Avenue

In honor of May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, the second-gradestudents at Forest Avenue learned all about hearing health, during a lesson with the school’s Speech Language Pathologist, Miss Bavolar. The students learned the names of each part of the ear and its functions during a language lesson in their classroom. They then had the opportunity to work in small groups to make a model of the parts of the ear out of *Play-Doh*.

Grade 5 Boat Trip 2017

Navy Bound

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At the end of May, Citi Field held its Memorial-Military Appreciation Day. West Babylon Senior High School students Jailene Duarate, Haley Higginson and Gage Finn were among the crowd of students who retook their oath to enter the Navy.

Summer is Coming: Working Together to "Build a Better World" of Readers

Forest Avenue School Librarian (Andrea Francisco) teamed up with the West Babylon Public Library librarians (Carisse Bormann & Liz Molinari) to promote the "Build A Better World" Summer Reading Program. Each year students are encourage to READ over the summer by participating in the WBPL's wonderful Summer Reading Program. This year's FREE summer reading club kick-off carnival is on Saturday, June 24th. You don't want to miss this! Students must register to attend. Visitwww.wbpl.us or call (631) 669-5445 for complete details.

Points of Pride - April & May 2017

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Career Fair Offers Inside Look at Opportunities

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The Senior High School held a career fair on May 12 featuring more than 20 career opportunities from law enforcement, manufacturing, nursing, sales, technology and real estate. The fair was organized and coordinated by Senior High School business education teachers Colleen Kilgus and Katharine Reilly-Johnson.

Approximately 500 students attended the career fair where they learned about these careers through small group sessions. Some students also completed job applications for local businesses offering part-time employment opportunities.





Student-Musicians Shine

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Congratulations to the following West Babylon students who successfully performed at this year’s NYSSMA solo festivals. For a complete listing of student-musicians, please click here.

Butterfly Study

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Students in grades K-2 at South Bay were able to watch butterflies develop from the larva stage through the pupa stage until adulthood. Second graders held a butterfly with supervision before releasing them into the wild.

County Champs

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The district congratulates the girls varsity track team for being named the Suffolk County champions. Here’s some highlights from the season:
Paige Keefer – First in 1500m, 800m, 4x400, 4x800
Brittany Korsah – First in 400m, 200m, 4x400, third in triple jump
Dana Beggins – First in 4x400, second in 400m, fifth in triple jump
Tara Hauff – First in 4x800, second in steeplechase, third in 800m
Nadja Ashley – Third in 400m, fourth in long jump, fifth in high jump
Noela Franco – First in 4x800, fifth in 1500m
Nadine Keefer – First in 4x800
Jessica Boos – First in 4x400
Cansel Cebeci – Sixth in pentathlon

The team will compete at the state qualifiers on June 2 and 3 in Port Jefferson to advance to the state meet in Binghamton.

Wellness Wins at West Babylon

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The district held its 13th annual Wellness Fair and Fun Run on the West Babylon Junior High School track on May 15. The event encouraged families to join together to get active and learn about different community organizations that are available. Watch the video for more on this event.

Every Penny Counts

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The student council at South Bay Elementary School recently facilitated the annual Pennies for Patients program and raised $627.30. Advised by Stacey Bushinkski, the student council will donate the money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

‘Eggsperiments’ Test Hypotheses

Students in Krista Shah’s class at Forest Avenue finished their eggs experiments on May 26. Students either proved or contradicted their hypotheses as they observed the changes made to an egg that was soaked in vinegar. The results were shocking to all; who would guess that an egg could be bounced?

Spirit Week - Day 5 - RED WHITE and BLUE

Listening and Learning at Forest Avenue

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May is better speech and hearing month and students at Forest Avenue Elementary School are getting involved by learning ways to better communicate. In an effort to raise awareness, Forest Avenue students have been participating in a variety of activities including learning sign language, researching and reporting facts on speech and hearing over the morning school announcements.

Spirit Week - Hawaiian Day

Spirit Week - Blue and Gold Day

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Five Senior-Athletes Commit to Colleges

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Five student-athletes signed letters of intent to participate on collegiate sports teams and receive athletic scholarships. Administrators, coaches and parents gathered to support and celebrate the honored athletes on May 9.

Stephanie Frank plans to cheer at Wilmington University, while JoAnna Randazzo will cheer at Rutgers University. Leonardo Innamorato will attend New York Institute of Technology for lacrosse, and Brandon Bennett will attend LIU Post for wrestling. Paige Keefer will run track at Towson University, while Dana Biggins will run track at Fordham University.

American Fair

Second graders celebrated America by singing, writing poetry and dancing.

Grade 5 Pasta Night

Rotary Winner

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The district congratulates senior Mary Chasen, who was awarded a scholarship by the Rotary Club in a ceremony held on May 17.

STEM Teams Compete for Charity

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Three teams from West Babylon Junior High School participated in the Team Packard STEM Challenge fundraising event hosted by Northport High School on April 29. The Junior High School teams raised $1,139 for the Robert Packard Center at Johns Hopkins, a nonprofit organization that raises money and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).

Each team competed in four events that challenged their problem-solving skills, science knowledge and their understanding of math concepts. The Eagles team members – Blake Ung, Ella Henson, Abigail Engrassia and Luc Iverson – took third place in the Unlock the Box event.

Forest Avenue Students' Visit Suffolk County Police Headquarters

To better understand and appreciate our community helpers, Forest Avenue students had the opportunity to visit the Suffolk County Police Headquarters. Here the students were able to get up close and personal with our Suffolk County Police officers, service animals, and vehicles.

 

Ms. Wilkens 3,000 Book Reading Challenge Accomplished!

Back in September, Forest Avenue Principal Acocella challenged Ms. Wilken's class to collectively read 3,000 books within the 2016-2017 school year. If they did, then Principal Acocella would treat them to a party -- pizza or ice cream or pajama day. The rules required that each student contributed equally, no one person could carry the load, everyone had to do his/her share. As of May 15, Ms. Wilken's students have read 4,222 books. They have exceeded their goal! They earned a pizza & ice cream party. It is well deserved. What should next year's reading challenge be? The students are already thinking about it. Challenge on!!! Knowing how important and FUN reading is, they plan to participate in the West Babylon Public Library Summer Reading Program.

Sixty years of tradition shines on

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Celebrating 60 years of tradition, the Senior High School presented its annual Blue and Gold with three shows from April 27-29.

Presented by the High School Leaders Club, this year’s themes focused on musical legends of the past and present (blue team) and the Golden Globes (gold team). Zoe Adamidis and Kiera Layden served as the team captains for the blue team, while Nicole Rinaudo Concessi and Mary Grace Seward led the gold team.

Showing off their artistic, dance and choreography talents during their team entrances, the blue and gold teams both shone bright during their calisthenics, lyrical, hip-hop and marching performances.

With three sold-out performance, the annual Blue and Gold awards more than $10,000 in student scholarships annually.

 

J.F.K. 5th Grade Circus Came To Town

Mock Trial Teams Remain Undefeated

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The Junior High School Mock Trial team, led by Junior High School teachers Dr. Charles Benvenuto and Thomas Horstmann, recently competed in a tournament at Suffolk County Community College in Selden. All four mock trial teams representing West Babylon won their cases, making them undefeated for 11 years in a row.




Forest Avenue Students Learn about their Speech & Hearing

In an effort to raise awareness for Speech & Hearing Month, Forest Avenue students have been participating in a variety of activities including learning sign language, researching and reporting facts on speech and hearing over the morning school announcements.

Celebrating Their Service

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The Junior High School Community Service Club designed and sold puzzle piece pins during their lunch periods to raise awareness for autism throughout April. On April 21, the students had a special visit from Lasheca Lewis and Florence Findley, representatives from Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre’s office at the Town of Babylon, to celebrate Global Youth Service Day. Also pictured are Junior High School Assistant Principal Jessica Yawney (left) and Community Service Club advisor Lorraine Zemba (right).

Forest Avenue Spring Hat Day

In April, our fabulous Forest Avenue Kindergartners welcomed spring with their annual spring hat day. Students along with their parents and/or guardians worked together to create some wonderful hats. Despite the not-so-spring weather, students happily paraded through the hallways and classrooms for all the Forest Avenue students to enjoy.

Forest Avenue Students Recognized for their Science Projects

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In recognition for their wonderful science projects, these Forest Avenue students received certificates. We are proud of all of them!

Track Stars Capture First

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The varsity girls track team recently participated in the Red Raider Relays at North Rockland High School. The meet includes teams from all over New York State.

Brittany Korsah broke the 22-year-old meet record for the 400m dash. She reached the finals in the event and won the final heat in a time of 55.29 seconds. Korsah is currently ranked first in New York State for the event.

The 4x400m relay team – Nadine Keefer, Brittany Korsah, Nadja Ashley and Dana Beggins – also captured first place with a time of 3:58.18, the second fastest time in meet history.

Message from Dr. Farrelly Regarding “13 Reasons Why”

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A Visit with Nature

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Steve Fratello, also known as the Butterfly Man, visited with the first-grade classes at John. F. Kennedy Elementary School on April 7. As part of a BOCES Arts-in-Education program and sponsored by the school’s PTA, Fratello presented his tropical rainforest butterfly program.

Fratello is an explorer, naturalist and butterfly collector. He shared amazing stories, along with his rare and varied collections of butterflies and moths. The first-graders learned firsthand from Fratello’s experiences and had an up close and personal look at many types of butterflies and moths from all around the world.

In addition to viewing the collections, Fratello spoke to students about the many species of butterflies and moths and the differences between the two creatures. They also learned how they survive and adapt in their environments through mimicry and camouflage. Students learned about the butterfly anatomy and lifecycle and will have the opportunity to use their knowledge when they hatch their own monarch butterflies in the classroom next month.

Forest Avenue Joins Together in Support of Autism Awareness Month

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In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Forest Avenue students each joined their puzzle pieces together to show their unity in support of understanding autism.

Earth Day Recyclers

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Under the supervision of Mr. Amarando, the fourth grade J.F.K recyclers collect plastic, cans and paper to help the environment. To them everyday is Earth Day.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

In celebration of the grade 5 poetry unit and poem in your pocket day. Fifth graders greeted students with poems for their pockets.