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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. 
 

Math Olympiads

Surprise Guests at JHS

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Click to watch the video of seventh-grader Olivia Zito getting a surprise visit from her military family.

JHS Posters Head to State Competition

JHS Posters Head to State Competition photo
Junior High School physical education teachers encouraged students to participate in New York State’s “Live a Healthy Alternative” poster contest. The following posters were chosen by the physical education and art department to represent West Babylon on the state level: Sixth grade: Philip Lion, Leah Anson, Matthew Rudis, Rachel Esposito, Ja’Nasia Johnson and Shayna Juimo-Kamga. Seventh grade: Katelyn Moar, Merary Martinez, Jade Dockery and Annetta Hooten. Eighth grade: Ashlyn Hernandez, Justine Stasiak and Caleigh Rodriguez. They are pictured with Junior High School Assistant Principal Jessica Yawney and Principal Daniel McKeon. 

Seeing Rainbow

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Sixth grade science classes at the Junior High School are completing a science lab activity that involves them mixing water concentrations with food coloring to make a rainbow.

Librarians Gather

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Recently, district librarians attended the Long Island School Library Systems Regional Institute Conference. Topics included changing student mindsets, making thinking visible in the 21st century, mindfulness in the library and had a powerful keynote speaker.  

Book Tasting

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West Babylon Junior High School eighth graders in Mrs. Briody's class had library time for two days, choosing, and if they elected, exchanging their independent reading book for another. Their independent reading choices were then shared at a table with their peers: an appetizer, entree and dessert choice - three sample readings of books they did not choose.

Supporting the Whole Child at WBJHS

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To ensure that each students’ needs are met throughout the year, the West Babylon Junior High School uses a system called the Child Support Team (CST).  Using this procedure, any student who may need assistance academically, socially, emotionally or financially can be recommended by a staff member to the CST and that team will develop a plan to meet the students’ needs and follow up with any stakeholders that may be affected. “By addressing the needs of our entire student population, we hope to level the playing field for all students and allow them to flourish in a program that has high standards while maintaining optimal support,” said Principal Dan McKeon. 

Identifying students who need potential special education services is probably the biggest initiative of the CST. According to McKeon, we also focus on providing “in need” students with support groups through the school social worker. “It is our goal at the JHS to make sure that no student slips between the cracks,” he added. “The CST at the JHS is always identifying students in need and making sure that their needs are not only assessed by a team of qualified staff members but also that those needs are met in a timely fashion and monitored by the team throughout the year. Typically we hope that CST is a prevention for failing a course.”

This year, the school is  focusing on establishing effective student/teacher mentor relationships. The CST team has developed the following goals:
* anyone in the building can refer a student
* all needs are met: academic, social, emotional 
* all of the identified students teachers complete a feedback form that allows the team to get a full picture of the student across all areas of learning 
* referring teacher presents to a team made up of the following: assistant principal, social worker, school psychologist, guidance counselor/cluster leader and if applicable the teacher responsible for the students IEP
* CST sets up follow ups
* plans come out of each meeting that are independent to each student
* track student progress




Three JHS Students Take Top BACCA Honors

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Three Junior High School students were recently named winners in the fall Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts judged photography show. These eighth-graders competed against other neighboring schools and took top honors. Vanessa Alzate took first and second place, Stevie Lynn Beggins was named the third-place winner and Christina Massoni received honorable mention. Pictured (from left): K-8 Art Coordinator Bill Doran, Stevie Lynn Beggins, art teacher Jennifer Tomeo, Christina Massoni, Vanessa Alzate and Principal Daniel McKeon. 

Halloween Fun at the JHS

Battle of the Classes

Mr. DiFruscio’s and Mr. De Lapi’s math lab classes did battles of the classes metric playing challenge.

Fun at the Amusement Park

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Students in Mrs. Kronenbitter's Introduction to Research class designed an amusement park ride!

Eighth-Graders Get Lessons from Former WWE Star

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JHS Students Selected for Gifted Program

JHS Students Selected for Gifted Program photo
Junior High School students Justin Jastrzebski and John Carlo have been accepted into the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury. They are among 85 students who will pursue the study of mathematics and its applications. The students are pictured with Assistant Principal Jessica Yawney and Principal Daniel McKeon. 

Students of the Month

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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.



Red Ribbon Week

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Junior High School students wore red on Oct. 22 to show their support for Red Ribbon Week! They also received Red Ribbon Week bracelets in homeroom.

Getting Acquainted with Career Choices

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Students in Caitlin Alfano’s family and consumer sciences class at West Babylon Junior High School were introduced to Naviance, a college and career readiness program. The class was able to select a career and research information specific to their career choice. Guidance counselor Lorraine Zemba was on hand to assist with Naviance navigation.

First GSA Meeting

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West Babylon Junior High School held its first Gay Straight Alliance meeting. They will be kicking off things with National Coming Out day on Oct. 11.

Chromebook Learning

Students in Mr. Delapi’s sixth grade science classes at the Junior High School are using chromebooks to make graphs using technological tools.

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