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500 Great East Neck Road, West Babylon, NY 11704

Phone: 631-376-7100

 

Principal:

Dr. E. Vassallo

Assistant Principals:

Mr. M. Devane
Mr. S. O'Leary

Welcome to the West Babylon Senior high School. West Babylon High School is a comprehensive high school that offers a diverse academic program while promoting the arts, business and technology, and family and consumer sciences. Our students are being made college and career ready in order to succeed in the 21st century workplace and the world. Our Social, Emotional and Academic Learning program, entering its sixth year, parallels  the Dignity for All Students Act, and is the foundation for creating a safe learning environment in which our students can learn and develop the emotional competencies that lead to success in the 21st century world for which they are being prepared.

Our co curricular activities, including our athletic teams, mirror this focus. and add to the total development of our students.  Groups such as our GSA and LEO clubs lead the school in activities that teach acceptance, compassion, empathy and service to others.  Our students develop their leadership skills in the classroom, in their clubs and organizations and on the athletic fields.  They are ready when they leave the high school to assume these roles and successfully further their studies and work.

   

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Best in Show for West Babylon Student-Artist

Best in Show for West Babylon Student-Artist photo
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Senior High School student-artist Paulina Tronzkoska was awarded the best in show for her artwork at the opening reception of Long Island's Best Young Artist competition at the Heckscher Museum of Art on March 24. In addition, Senior High School art teacher Heather Ingald received the Outstanding Teacher Award. This year’s show featured 62 public and private schools from Nassau and Suffolk counties. More than 385 entries were received and only 80 selected for display in the galleries.

Curricular Updates and Enhancements

Curricular Updates and Enhancements photo
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In January, the New York State Education Department received approval for a new education plan that was required as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act. As part of this approval process, NYSED has been making changes to the entire K-12 curriculum. These changes – NYS Next Generation Learning Standards – are focused on revising math and English language arts education. 

Educators are being asked to help all students become lifelong readers and writers and NYSED has revised many of the reading and writing standards for classroom teachers. In addition, literacy-based instructional practices have been incorporated into all of the science and social studies classrooms. In math, standards were revised or moved to different grade levels with a focus on increasing student fluency. Last year, NYSED also made changes to the K-12 science standards, mirroring the practices of scientists and engineers through the implementation of hands-on activities in class. 

“Here in West Babylon, we are making certain that all of our students are getting the very best education in every subject area,” said Scott Payne, executive director of curriculum and instruction. “In response to all of these changes, this month we are pleased to share some of the exciting curricular work that is taking place in all our schools.”

Computer-based instructional tools

Parents may have noticed their children coming home and signing on to many of the online educational programs offered both in and out of the classroom. One literacy-based program is comprised of two separate programs called Raz-Kids and Reading A-Z. These programs allow students to read books online based on their interest as well their reading level. It also allows them to answers questions about what they have read and builds vocabulary and acquisition skills through guided quizzes.  

In math, students have access to an online program called Math IXL.  This web-based program allows students to practice specific math problems that are either assigned by their teacher or picked specifically based on their ability.

I-Ready.com is another online resource used by elementary and junior high school students. This program uses educational lessons and games to build student skills in math and ELA. Students earn points and reach milestones as they complete lessons that are either assigned by their teacher or are simply completed for extra credit. Not only are these games fun, but they help teachers get balanced data to help build upon needed skills for students.

Many JHS and SHS courses offer online supplements to enhance the textbooks used in class. Seventh-grade health, courses in science and math and much of the social studies curriculum are featured online. 

“If you see your child watching videos as part of the Discovery Ed website, they may actually be doing homework or getting extra credit, as much of our district’s social studies content is presented in multimedia form,” Payne said.

STEM Skills

“Here in West Babylon, we are very excited for our students to explore the many STEM skill sets,” Payne said. “In our K-8 schools, we have begun creating makerspaces. These spaces are collaborative work areas in part of our libraries that allow students to create projects or designs using their imagination and creativity. One key aspect is allowing students to work together. This creative and collaborative practice is at the core of helping to prepare our students for 21st-century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.” 

In K-6 library media classes, students are learning to code using Ozobot or Dash-and Dot robot kits. These kits guide students through the basic concepts of coding and allow students to program robots to perform different tasks and complete challenges. 

In grades 8-12, a new set of science research courses has been added.  Currently offered in eighth grade, this course will be offered to all students next year at the high school and is designed to teach students how to design and create scientific experiments while enhancing their problem-solving skills. Students will learn to publish their discoveries and will make formal presentations on what they have learned. The goal of these courses is to connect students to real-world scientists and engineers, which will allow them to work in the field to conduct their own research as part of an extended internship. 

“We are also offering two opportunities for STEM enrichment,” Payne said. “Our after-school STEM SCOPE program will be starting soon at each of our elementary schools. This summer, we will be offering a weeklong science camp for all students that will be housed in-district at one of our elementary schools.”

In addition, Payne said, the district will be looking at adopting a new K-5 math curriculum and next year, will be looking at changes in the K-8 science program. In both cases, this selection process will involve building principals from every elementary building forming a team of teachers, administrators and parents. 
 

All-County Cheerleaders

All-County Cheerleaders photo
At the Section XI All-County dinner on March 12, three West Babylon varsity cheerleaders were honored for their outstanding accomplishments this season. The district congratulates the following students: Academic All County: Amanda Ruppel; All Division: Danielle Comparator; and All County: Britney Jahrmarkt.

Science Olympiad Team Goes to States

Science Olympiad Team Goes to States photo
On March 10-11, the West Babylon Science Olympiad team competed at the annual state competition at Le Moyne College, Syracuse. West Babylon was one of only six teams representing Suffolk County, and one of 16 teams representing Long Island. The following students participated in this year’s state competition: Eric Donohue, Ben Galinson, Billy Marvin, Daria Delmonico, Mark Giles, Rob Aguanno, Joe Ronzetti, Vera Rodic, Jake Adams, Rachael Le, Emerson Schaefer, Juliana Pham, Aidan O’Sullivan, Evan Restive, Jay Santana, Erin Thompson, Ryan O’Sullivan, Olivia Globoweski, Natalia Niebryzdowski and Olivia Nawara.

DECA Winners

DECA Winners photo

From March 7-9, 18 West Babylon DECA students competed at the annual New York State DECA competition in Rochester, New York. These students placed at the regional competition in Suffolk County earlier in January to qualify for states. Congratulations to the following students who received recognition in their respective competitive events at this state conference:

Irwin Chugh – Job Interview – top 10 medal
Kalleynah Olsen – Job Interview – top 10 medal
Christopher Price – Principles of Marketing – top 10 medal for exam
Emerson Schaefer – Business Services Marketing – top 10 medal for role play 1, top 10 overall medal, fifth place in NYS
Eric Donohue – Restaurant and Food Service Management – top 10 medal for exam, top 10 medals for role play 1 and 2, top 10 overall medal, second place in NYS

Both Emerson and Eric qualify to compete at the annual International DECA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, April 21-25.

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