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Soldier Surprise Shocks Seventh-Grader

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West Babylon Junior High School seventh-grader Grace Bonamico was overwhelmed with emotion when her military sister surprised her at school during her English class on Dec. 15.

Grace hasn’t seen her sister Colleen Bonamico since she left for technical training school in Biloxi, Mississippi, in August. Colleen, who is a 2017 West Babylon graduate, is an airman first class in the U.S. Air Force stationed in San Antonio, Texas, for her basic training. Colleen graduated from technical training school on Dec. 5 and made a surprise visit home to see her family before she leaves on her new assignment in Arizona. 

“She is my best friend,” Grace said. “It will be a special holiday this year because she is here.”

Buddy Club’s Holiday Party

Holiday Helping Hands

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The JHS held its annual “ugly holiday sweater” holiday breakfast. Baskets and items were donated and the JHS staff purchased raffle tickets. More than $2,000 was raised to be donated toward food cards and clothes for local families in need this holiday season.

Coat Drive Benefits Local Homeless Community

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The Junior High School staff members recently held a coat drive. The school collected 12 bags of coats, blankets and clothes. West Babylon Senior High School graduate Eileen Montegeaudo picked up the bags on Nov. 21 and delivered them to the homeless community in the Ridge area on Thanksgiving.

Kindness Really Rocks

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Sixth-graders from the Junior High School did their part in spreading kindness on Nov. 28. As a class, the students took a trip to see the movie “Wonder.” Upon their return, students created one-of-a-kind rocks with messages of inspiration and kindness. The students will bring their painted rocks home and spread their messages throughout the community.

Holiday Crafts

Sixth-graders joined librarian Alice Robinson on Dec. 5 for some after-school holiday crafts.

Small Acts of Kindness Go a Long Way

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In recognition of World Kindness Day on Nov. 13, students in Eileen Moran’s English language arts class at the Junior High School worked together to help grant a wish. For his last Christmas wish, Jacob Thompson, a 9-year-old who has cancer, has been in the news asking for cards from all over the world. The students created cards and collected some penguin gear — his favorite animal — to ship to the hospital.   

Filtered Bottle Fillers at the JHS

The Newly Renovated Eagle Hall

Hands-On Learning During STEM Family Night

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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. 

Cut It Up Poetry

The Great Pumpkin Challenge

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During Dr. Patricia Neville’s library classes at the Junior High School, students were challenged with building a structure out of candy pumpkins and toothpicks on Oct. 31. Working in small groups, the completed structure tested the weight of a small pumpkin.

Hands-On Learning with Google Expeditions

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Sixth-grade students at the Junior High School participated in a Google Expeditions AR pioneer program on Nov. 15. The Google technology allows objects to be projected into 3-D images and mapped out in the physical classroom. Students are able to walk around the classroom with phones attached to selfie sticks and explore the objects. They can get close up to an object to spot details, and step back to capture a full picture. 

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. 

Young Artists at Library

Young Artists at Library
For the third consecutive year, the West Babylon Public Library and the West Babylon Junior High School art department are teaming up to exhibit talented young artists.  For November, Studio in Art students will be showing their creations that focus on the elements of art. Under the direction of  studio teacher Jennifer Tomeo and the collaboration and support of Azuree Agnello, director of teen programs for the West Babylon Public Library, these talented students have the opportunity to exhibit in a public forum.