Smooth Start to New Year

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District students and staff experienced a smooth start to the 2015-2016 school year when classes officially resumed under sunny skies on Sept. 2.
“We are very excited to have welcomed back our students and staff for a new school year,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly. “The weeks and months ahead are sure to be very productive. On behalf of the Board of Education, extend my best wishes to all for a successful year.”

With backpacks filled with new school supplies and planners in hand, students were eager to learn as they arrived at each building. As the first week came to a close, students were settling in nicely to their new routines.

A continued focus of this school year will be the district’s ongoing work with the elementary New York State Math Modules as well as its efforts to bolster elementary literacy initiatives with the assistance of newly hired curriculum special Jennifer Hoffman. 

“Mrs. Hoffman will be sharing her knowledge of literacy with the elementary teachers as we infuse elements of Teachers College Reading and Writing Project into our elementary literacy instruction,” said Christine Tona, executive director for curriculum and instruction. “We are excited to enhance our instruction and training practices through these well-respected programs.  We hope that an increased focus on strategies for reading and writing will help our students become more prepared for the secondary level and ultimately, college and career.”

Throughout the summer, buildings and grounds renovations were completed thanks to a community-approved bond referendum. JFK Elementary School’s parking lot was refurbished and painting and tile work was completed on the interior of the building. West Babylon Junior High School’s Cafeteria A and several hallways were outfitted with new floor tiles. Additionally, the turf field at the Senior High School received a new drainage system to help prevent flooding and water damage.

The first phase of a new security system, which has been in development for more than a year, will begin being used in October. This update will include a visitor management scanning system in the district’s elementary, middle and high school buildings, whereas visitors’ licenses will be scanned and printed on a photo badge as well as cross checked against local databases.