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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.

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. 
 

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.

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. 

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.
 

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.
 

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.

Field Hockey ‘Sticks It’ to Breast Cancer

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West Babylon’s junior varsity and varsity field hockey teams joined the fight against breast cancer by participating in the annual “Stickin It” field hockey breast cancer tournament in Northport on Sept. 29. Teams from throughout Suffolk County joined together and played for the cure.

Sowing the Seeds

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Members of the garden club at West Babylon Junior High School had a productive summer growing vegetables in their garden outside of the school. The club gathers all of the vegetables for donation to the local food pantry.



Grant Helps Engineering Students

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The Senior High School recently received a grant from Toshiba America Foundation. The $4,900 grant will be used to purchase a high school CO2 dragster maker project kit. The kit includes a wind tunnel, visualization tunnel and Impulse G3 race system. Toshiba representative Michael Ferrara (left) presented the check to Gerard De Simone, technology education teacher, Katharine Reilly-Johnson, technology education, FACS, business chairperson, and Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo. They are shown with students from the principles of engineering class. 

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