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DECA Students Score Big

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Sixty-three students from the Senior High School participated in the annual DECA regional competition at Suffolk County Community College on Jan. 3. A record 19 West Babylon students qualified for the New York State competition by placing in the top 10 in their respective events. 

Eric Donohue took first place in his event, Restaurant & Food Service Management. The district congratulates the following students who will be participating in New York State competition:

Benjamin Furnari – Principles of Finance
Jocelyn Hyner and Natalia Niebrzdowski – Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Ivan Cabrera and Christopher Price – Principles of Marketing
Georgia DiVisconti and Marisa Moran – Entrepreneurship Team Event
Robert Auganno and Joseph Ronzetti – Financial Services Team Event
Miranda Billeri and Rachel Le – Hospitality Services Team Event
Olivia Golebiewski and Megan Le – Travel & Tourism Team Event
Andrew Blloshmi – Accounting Applications
Emerson Schaefer – Business Services Marketing
Jake Adams – Restaurant & Food Service Management
Irwin Chugh and Kalleynah Olsen – Job Interview

Holiday Giving

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The Senior High School collected toys and more than $1,200 to donate to the John Theissen Children’s Foundation.

Joining the Fight

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In support of World AIDS Day, West Babylon Senior High School students, staff and faculty joined together against the fight on Nov. 30. The day is dedicated to the ongoing fight against AIDS and the struggles faced as both a community and a nation.

Wearing their red ribbons, the school was part of the global movement supporting this year’s theme of “Let’s End It,” referring to the isolation, stigma and transmission of the disease. West Babylon High School students put together two performances to educate their peers and their community on HIV/AIDS, how to prevent it, and how to show compassion to those living with the virus. Students took to the auditorium stage for choreographed dance performances, informative skits, inspirational songs and poems and video presentations. 

With more than 34 million people around the world affected by the disease, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, support those living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

November Eagle Award Winners

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To receive an Eagle Award, students are nominated by a teacher for going above and beyond in one of the social emotional learning competencies. The district congratulates the November award winners (from left): Joseph Spina, Brianna Oliveri, Julia Gabrell, Emma Garcia, Kristina Agostinello, and Elvin Velasquez. Not pictured: Charles DeGennaro, Isaiah Meaner

Student-Athletes Set Sights on College Sports

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Five student-athletes were recently recognized for signing letters of intent to continue to play their sport in college next fall. 

The students recently gathered in the Board of Education boardroom, along with their families, coaches and administrators, to be formerly recognized. The district congratulates the following student-athletes: Emma Cantwell (lacrosse – LIU Post); Michael McMahon (lacrosse – Stony Brook University); Kayla Reese (lacrosse – Mercy College); Jessica Smith (lacrosse – Hofstra University); and Ashleigh Tortorice (lacrosse – Albright College). 

Hands-On Learning During STEM Family Night

Hands-On Learning During STEM Family Night photo

The Senior High School’s Math & Science Honor Society, National Technology Honor Society, Robotics Club and the Science Club presented the third-annual Family STEM Night on Nov. 8.

Students in grades K-8, along with their families, were invited to the STEM event to enjoy hands-on activities including games, experiments, mini-labs and robotics demonstrations. 

The Math & Science Honor Society ran science and math activities on the third floor of the high school. With close to 30 different stations, students had plenty from which to choose including activities like “Taste the Rainbow,” “Slime Time,” “Strawberry DNA” and “M&M Survival.” Brookhaven National Laboratory conducted a microscope activity and Mad Science performed dry ice experiments with small groups of students. “Be An Einstein” station let students decorate their own lab coats to wear for all their STEM activities. 

In the technology wing, the National Technology Honor Society and Robotics Club showed off their robots, 3-D printers and printing pens, and woodworking capabilities. In the lobby, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County had a small pool with marine creatures in touch tanks for the students. All of the proceeds from the evening are used toward student scholarships. 

Blue Star Status for SHS

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The Senior High School has been named a Blue Star School for its students’ performance on the 2016-2017 Working in Support of Education’s financial literacy certification test. West Babylon Senior High School is one of only 232 high schools in the nation to earn the distinction. 

To earn the Blue Star School distinction, a school must have achieved an 80 percent passing rate on the test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level take the test or have the students who took it achieve an average score of 85 percent or higher.

Blue Star Schools was honored at the National MoneyPOWER Financial Literacy Conference on Nov. 7 in New York City. 

Tokens of Appreciation for Board of Education

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The district acknowledged the commitment and dedication of its board of education prior to its meeting on Oct. 24. In celebration of New York State School Boards Recognition Week, members of the Board of Education were presented with certificates by the office of Suffolk County Leg. Kevin McCaffrey, Town of Babylon Councilman Antonio Martinez and Western Suffolk BOCES. Artwork from students throughout the district adorned the board workroom to show their appreciation. The Senior High School select string ensemble performed “Ashokan Farewell” before refreshments were served courtesy of the PTAs and PTA Council.